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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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