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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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