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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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