Day in history for July 21, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Directors re-elected for the Rock Island Glass Company are: P.L. Mitchell, P.L. Cable, John Warner, George Mixter, T.J. Robinson, Angus Robson and Charles Conqueror.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Board of Education selected Herbert B. Hayden of Council Bluffs, Iowa, to be superintendent of schools at an annual salary of $2,000.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Fourth Avenue street car tracks west of 15th Street, Rock Island, will be abandoned.

1950 -- 50 years ago
An early construction date on a Quad-City sports arena in Rock Island was virtually assured today with the announcement that $60,000 of the necessary $150,000 required locally for the $500,000 structure already has been obtained in less than a week of a stock-selling campaign. Horace F. Mason, a member of the arena committee who heads solicitation of stock in the enterprise, said response to the drive to date has been excellent. The proposed arena site covers 15 acres between 9th and 11th Streets, north of 41st Avenue.

1975 -- 25 years ago
George Young, present owner of Sohrbeck's Drug Store in downtown Moline, brewed up a batch of extract of witch hazel with equipment more than 100 years old. Young, who bought the store from the Sohrbeck estate in 1946, recently gave the early drug store equipment to the Rock Island County Historical Society.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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