Day in history for July 23, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Beers And Company are manufacturing an iron chair which is very well adapted to the purpose of comfort, and as a consequence is having a large sale.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island County Democrats nominated James E. Larkin of Rock Island as coroner.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Archie Johnson, Rock Island, was burned on his face and arms when flames leaped from a gas tank while a truck was being filled at a gas station.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The long-deferred construction of two National Guard garages just east of the Rock Island Armory probably will get underway ``before the first of the month,'' it was revealed today by Captain Wallace G. Bysinger, adjutant of the 223rd field artillery battalion, Illinois National Guard. The tract of land on which the buildings will be erected was deeded to the state for $1 by the Rock Island city council last Dec. 12.

1975 -- 25 years ago
U.S. Army explosives experts were called in by the Moline police to dispose of three tubes of explosive material turned over to authorities by Jeff Lofink. Lofink told police he saw the tubes fall from a pickup truck in the 3300 block of River Drive. He realized the material was explosive and took them to the police. The Army experts said the explosive material is used in construction work.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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