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: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.






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