Day in history for September 30, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The old Dennison seminary, Rock Island, has been transformed into a plumber's shop.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Cato Sells, Democrat orator, will speak in Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island, was given an efficiency certificate by the American College of Surgeons.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A tentative schedule for one-a-week garbage collection which will start next week in Rock Island was announced today by William R. March, city health officer. He said the schedule is subject to change but for the most part follows a similar schedule used last spring before two-a-week pickup service was inaugurated for the summer months.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The driving of a golden spike will immediately precede the first official run of the Mel McKay Express, Niabi Zoo's new one-third-size replica of a famed Civil War era train. Purchase of the new gas-powered engine and authentically recreated coaches, capable of carrying as many as 42 passengers, was made possible through a grant from the Mel McKay trust fund. The new train replaces an old steam-powered one which had been in operation on the zoo grounds for a number of years.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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