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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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