Day in history for July 15, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Authorities at Rock Island Arsenal are building a float to paint the underside of the bridge extending from Moline to the island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
It is rumored that Diamond Jo Packet Company will quit business at the end of the river season. The reason given is that there are too many railroads on the banks of the upper Mississippi River.

1925 -- 75 years ago
T.J. Murray was named to head the newly-revived commerce agency of the Rock Island Lines.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Pvt. Jack M. Kettering, 18, son of Mrs. Madge Kettering, 1845 6th St., Rock Island, is one of 40 Japan-based soldiers filmed for ``Call Me Mister,'' a 20th Century-Fox technicolor movie. The soldiers were photographed at the Grand Theater in Kyoto, where much of the action in the movie takes place. Based on the broadway stage hit of the same name, ``Call Me Mister,'' the picture stars Betty Grable and Dan Dailey.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A ramshackle house in East Moline's Watertown district has put that city up against one of the most powerful families in Rock Island County. The city has locked horns with the McNeal family over demolition of a vacant and allegedly hazardous 120-year-old family home. The red brick structure is located near the entrance road to Campbell's Island.

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