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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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