Day in history for July 4, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A small fire was extinguished at the laundry just above Copp's Row on Illinois Street in Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
In the future, the Rock Island Lines will not employ any person addicted to cigarettes.

1925 -- 75 years ago
W.G. Harms was elected president of the Rock Island Exchange Club.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Not to be outdone by the girls, Optimist Park boys yesterday staged a beauty contest of their own. They dressed in girls' clothes and paraded before Mary Dossche, Mary Ann Mehurs and Gary Elias, the judges. Winners are: Harry Forret, Bobby Schoemoker, Virgil Johnson, Donna Schoemoker (to give the judges an idea) and Dennis Von Epps.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Tough enforcement of new state fire regulations may cause the closing of some non-profit day-care centers in Rock Island County. The 1909 state fire marshal's statute was rewritten two years ago and put into effect last January. The new code requires day-care centers to be equipped with special fire-alarm systems, enclosed kitchens and furnaces, and at least two protected exits. Directors of several day-care centers in Moline and Rock Island expressed concern over enforcement of the newer code, saying the cost of bringing their facilities up to code would force them to close their doors.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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