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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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