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: 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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