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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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