Day in history for July 7, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Williams defeated Pete Hunsucker in a 100-yard foot race on Moline Avenue above Center Station.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Chief of Police Phil Miller and Alderman William Kennedy of Rock Island left for St. Louis to purchase a new patrol wagon.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Miss Alice Gilliland and Miss Erna Barthel were installed as head officers of the Royal Neighbors of America.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Circuit Judge A.J. Scheineman today declared invalid an amendment to the Rock Island zoning ordinance which prohibits the erection of hot dog, root beer and ice cream stands in certain areas without the consent of the majority of property owners within 200 feet. A public hearing was not held on it before the zoning board as is required by state law. E.L. Householder had asked the court to restrain the city from interfering with his erection of an ice cream stand at 2516 18th Ave., and for $5,000 damages.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Police officials said today that no charges will be filed at this time in connection with finding a crop of marijuana growing on the grounds of a residence in the exclusive Watch Hill section of Rock Island. The presence of marijuana plants in both the front and rear of the residence came to light after the sale of the home.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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