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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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