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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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