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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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