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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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