Day in history for July 3, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
George Fuelmer of Rock Island was robbed by three men of $11 in cash and a check for $125.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Harry Smythe, formerly of Rock Island, has reportedly fallen heir to an estate of $1 million.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Charles Crawford, Edgington Township, was elected president of the Rock Island County Home Bureau.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Davenport police were notified last night by alarmed residents that a boy was running around in their neighborhood without any trousers. Police found the youth, but decided against arresting him after hearing his story. The 16-year-old-boy told officers he had been playing ``King of the Hills'' with a group of boys, and lost his pants in his enthusiasm. After being advised to take his sport with more calm, the youth donned his trousers and went home.

1975 -- 25 years ago
This spring Mrs. Helen Anderson of Bishop Hill organized a sewing bee every Wednesday in her home to preserve a bit of bicentennial heritage by wielding needles and thread on a century old Bishop Hill flag, hand-sewn in the colony in 1876. The centennial flag was found sealed in a tin cracker canister at the restored Bishop Hill Colony Store (formerly the village post office).

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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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