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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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