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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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