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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