Day in history for September 12, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The barn owned by John Wilkins of Munson was destroyed by fire. The loss totaled $2,500.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Three cars of provisions donated by Quad-Citians were attached to a special train and shipped to the Galveston storm sufferers.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Miss Georgia First was named assistant principal of Rock Island High School.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The highest record for the production of milk and butterfat in Rock Island County during August was an average of 1,026 pounds of milk and 36.5 pounds of butterfat by the Holstein herd of Lester Stone of Hampton. It includes 10 cows. A Holstein owned by Mayor Melvin L. McKay of Rock Island was the greatest individual producer, with 2,110 pounds of milk and 69.5 pounds of buttefat.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Kenneth Porter, 13, a student at United Township High School, loves to practice his ``Preacher LeRoy'' impersonation, which he uses to entertain fellow students and friends. Porter has gained quite a reputation for his impersonations, which include Flip Wilson, Geraldine Jones, Richard Nixon, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Bela Lugosi. Kenneth is ``determined to be a television star just as soon as possible.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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