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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