Day in history for July 30, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
An effort is now being made by some of our citizens of Moline to have each street conspicuously named and each house numbered. The idea is a good one and deserves more attention than it is likely to get. Try to direct a stranger to any point in the city a dozen blocks distant and see what a fool he makes of himself.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Dr. William Ludewig, Rock Island, will be the first Quad-Cities physician to make professional calls in an automobile when the machine is completed next month.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Pitcher Irvin and infielder Farber of the Rock Island baseball team were sold to New Orleans for $4,000.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Painting of all livestock barns at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds is underway in a redecorating project scheduled for completion before the 31st annual fair's opening day, Aug. 15. This is the first time in the history of the fairgrounds that the hog barns have been painted.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island County sheriff's deputy who was suspended last week for wearing a moustache filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court against Sheriff Joe Schneider and the Rock Island County Merit Commission claiming an ``illegal, arbitrary and unreasonable'' violation of his constitutional rights. Deputy David Gould says that regulation of moustaches ``serves no public need.''

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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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