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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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