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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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