Day in history for July 8, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The assessed valuation of taxable property in Rock Island Township is: Lots, $2,833,854; personal property, $1,104,468; railroad property in city limits, $117,005.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The new Rock Island Police Department patrol wagon cost $425. It is a modern vehicle with platform springs and rubber tires.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Charles W. Motz was re-elected president of the Rock Island Mutual Building, Loan And Savings Association.

1950 -- 50 years ago
For the second time this week vandals damaged the golf greens at Indian Bluff forest preserve. Last night greens near the 17th and 18th holes were torn up and two flag poles bent. On Wednesday night, vandals caused considerable damage to the golf greens. The sheriff's office received a report that a car bearing an Illinois license number in which there were four youths was seen in the preserve shortly before the damage was discovered at 11 o'clock last night.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island Lines engineer John Kelley, East Moline, made his last run as an employee on the Rock Island Lines today. Kelley is the first engineer to retire under the company's ``30-60'' plan, allowing retirement if an employee has served 30 years and is 60 years old. His last run was a round-tripper between Silvis and Davenport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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