Day in history for July 9, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The picnic season has commenced, but is a wretched failure to date so far as affording the usual opportunity to appear out in new summer clothes. Consequently picnics this year bring little pleasure, but cause many hearts to droop in sadness and gloom.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island authorities refused to receive prisoners sentenced by Judge Gest to labor on city streets.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Lawrence Pedigo, star witness for the state, exposed John Looney's former rule of vice in Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Bobby Humphrey, 11-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Humphrey, Moline, balances on his father's hand. Although he can't walk and is just beginning to talk, Bobby has been ``in training'' for several months, and holds himself erect and balances on his father's hand 8 feet in the air. Next step in his ``education,'' his parents say, is ``throwing him in the canal to see if he can swim.''

1975 -- 25 years ago
Volunteers loaded 103 crates and drums weighing nearly 17,000 pounds to begin the trip from the Beling Building, Moline, to Rev. and Mrs. Wallace Turnbull, missionaries in Fermanthe, Haiti. Four complete dental outfits, two complete x-ray units, examining tables, cabinets, medical books, candy, clothing, shoes and medical supplies, all donated by area businesses and individuals.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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