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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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