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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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