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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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