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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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