Day in history for July 16, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A rustic couple, aged 61 and 52, walked from Port Byron to Rock Island on Saturday, got married, and walked home again. This is slightly different from modern weddings, but just as satisfactory, no doubt, and a good deal less expensive.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Railway Company's bridge across Sylvan water at 42nd Street, Rock Island, was practically completed and ready for track and wire.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Cora L. Eastman resigned as assistant principal of Rock Island High School.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal has started to hire Second World War employees in a general force expansion program, Colonel Walter W. Warner, commandant, said today. The officer also said that ``certain departments'' of the military post ``are on an accelerated overtime schedule and will continue to operate that way to keep up with supply demands.'' The Arsenal force now totals an estimated 3,500. During the Second World War, the post's employes reached a total of about 18,000.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Blackbirds were making a nuisance of themselves in Silvis, but police said a report of birds swooping down and pecking at the heads of children apparently was an isolated incident. Charles D. Cruz Jr. reported to police that shortly after 5 p.m., the birds swooped at his children while they were walking to a nearby gas station.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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