Day in history for August 2, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The huge irons for the vault of the new Rock Island National Bank building were moved from the railroad track at the foot of Madison Street to the bank.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island residents can sprinkle their lawns only between the hours of 6 and 8 o'clock, mornings and evenings.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Elks Lodge cleared $3,000 from its July festival event.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Lester and Herman Larson, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Larson, were accidently hurt during the weekend. Lester received a hip wound when a .22-caliber pistol was discharged while he and other neighbor boys were target shooting. Herman caught his little finger in a flywheel, the wound required 10 stitches to close.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. Howard Schmitz, Moline, and Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Rubin, Rock Island, returned this month from an English holiday. One of the souvenirs they treasure most is a chat with Queen Elizabeth. ``One afternoon the Queen simply got out of her limousine and began walking down the main street. I couldn't believe it when she stopped en route to talk to us,'' said Mrs. Schmitz. ``As the Queen approached us an English woman stopped over and whispered ``Oh how bloody civil, the Queen's going to talk to you!''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.

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