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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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