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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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