Day in history for September 4, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Cora Valentine, first assistant to the principal at Rock Island High School, will draw a salary of $85 a month.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A new railroad might be built between Muscatine and Aledo and from there to Canton.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Total attendance at Rock Island playgrounds was 64,193 during the summer.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A Davenport man will have 10 days to get warm while he is a prisoner in Rock Island County Jail. He was arrested on a drunk charge yesterday afternoon and Moline police said they intended to release him later but changed their minds when he set fire to a pile of papers and then crawled to the top of the Moline cell block in the jail. He told Magistrate Ralph Stephenson that he started the fire to get warm.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Three women employes of a Moline service station have traded their dishpan hands for bruised knuckles and aching muscles of an auto mechanic. It all started as somewhat of a lark a year ago, said Lee Witcraft, manager of Hersh's Uptown Shell, but ``they're still here; that speaks for itself.'' ``They've worked out fine,'' Witcraft added, speaking of Shirley Gray, Lyndon; Sherri Lawton, Moline and Anne Maxwell, Andalusia.

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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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