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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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