Day in history for July 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Mayor Davenport appointed Aldermen Wheelock, Whipple and Gault to devise means for disposing garbage and nuisance in the Rock Island city limits.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Plans for Sacred Heart Catholic Church, to be erected at 28th Street and Fifth Avenue, Rock Island, are being prepared by Architect Stauduhar.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The summer playground at Eugene Field School, Rock Island, was closed when neighbors complained of the noise.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The new 3.5-inch rocket launcher, which knocked out seven out of seven Communist tanks in its first Korean test today, were shipped to the battlefront from Rock Island Arsenal, it was revealed today. Colonel Frank Dorn, chief of information for the Army in Washington, D.C., released the information, saying the weapons were shipped to the West Coast by plane from the Quad-City Airport on July 15.

1975 -- 25 years ago
``Methuselah'' is alive and well and playing fast pitch softball in the Moline YMCA Church League. Rich Johnson, Moline, started playing for Elim Covenant Church of Moline at age 14. Johnson is playing in his 40th campaign for Elim and hopes to play a couple more seasons ``as long as I feel good.'' The outfielder turned pitcher says he'd ``retire'' rather than play in the more popular game of today, slow pitch softball.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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