Day in history for July 31, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A runaway team dashed up Iowa street to the Rock Island bridge, and finally crashed into a buggy containing Mrs. William A. Norris and Mrs. William Sears of south Rock Island. One of the horses was injured and had to be shot.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Bryan and Stevenson Anti-Imperialist Club of Rock Island is planning a big picnic event.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council drafted an ordinance for a $119,110 storm drain for the southwest section of the city.

1950 -- 50 years ago
His putter wouldn't behave early in the afternoon, but Moline's John Hobart disciplined the wayward stick five holes before the wind-up of the Illinois Men's Amateur golf tournament yesterday afternoon at Short Hills Country Club and bagged his second championship of Illinois golfdom.

1975 -- 25 years ago
For the first time since World War II, the Rock Island Arsenal has a woman security guard. She is Paula Gold, a native of Buffalo, Iowa, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. ``Drivers really slow down to take a second look, like they don't believe what they see,'' Miss Gold said, ``but that doesn't bother me.'' Her job includes stationary, motor and foot patrol and accident investigation as well as other duties.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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