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: 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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