Day in history for July 28, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A mineral well has been discovered near the Watch Tower, and the water is believed to contain medicinal properties.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Arthur Burris, Rock Island, was severely burned by exploding gasoline.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Dr. S.G. Yourgert, Rock Island, vice president of Augustana College, and his wife were injured in an automobile collision at Mount Vernon, N.Y.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The last of two members of a gypsy caravan, arrested earlier this week when police probed alleged phrenologist activity in Rock Island, was released under $2,000 bond at 8 p.m. yesterday. He is Dewey Marks, 30, termed by police to be the leader of the caravan, which was traced to Oregon, Ill., after its departure from Rock Island last month. Earlier this week, Mary Marks, 35, was freed under $2,000 bond pending her hearing Aug. 4 on confidence game charges involving $800.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued an ozone advisory for all of Rock Island County today. Ozone levels hit .074 parts per million .004 above the ozone advisory level. If the levels continue to climb and if air stagnation develops, an ozone watch or yellow alert could be issued. Rock Island County was the only area in the state alerted for high ozone levels.

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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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