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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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