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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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