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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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