Day in history for July 11, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The annual school report shows a total of 1,882 pupils enrolled in Rock Island schools. The salary of J.F. Everett, superintendent, is $1,600 a year.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The foundation for the new school at 14th Avenue and 37th Street, Rock Island, has been laid.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island probably will be chosen as the site for the 1928 encampment of the Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The theory that the gas odor which caused alarm among hundreds of Quad-Citians early Sunday morning was caused by a gas odorant spilled from a broken drum on a truck was confirmed today. A spokesman for the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. said it has been established that one of two 55-gallon drums of ``pentalarm'' shipped by the Chicago branch of the Sharples Chemical Co. to a utility company in western Iowa arrived empty.

1975 -- 25 years ago
People may say they're nuts, but that doesn't stop the Larry Dickinson family in East Moline from keeping a pet squirrel in their living room. The Dickinsons adopted a baby squirrel seven weeks ago when it was abandoned after a storm. Now ``D.J. Cyrus'' lives in a cozy cage in the family living room. Mrs. Dickinson says, ``When the kids wanted to keep the squirrel, we made a deal: the four snakes would have to go. Now that's a bargain!''

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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