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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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