Day in history for October 2, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. H.M. Laney is the new pastor at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A council of the Knights of Columbus was formed in Davenport with a membership of 52.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The grand lodge of Masons will be asked to sanction erection of the new $50,000 Prince Hall in Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport police ``case of the missing red wig'' was solved when a wig found in a rest room at the McCabe Hause, Rock Island, was reported to be the missing article. On Friday, the operator of a costume shop in Davenport reported that a young woman had failed to return the wig, valued at $50, after renting it overnight for $2.50. Saturday evening, a Rock Island girl informed police she had found a red wig in a rest room of the McCabe store. She said she had left her watch in the room, but when she returned to get it, the watch was gone and the wig had been left in its place.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An era has ended with the discontinuation of the Big Ben railroad club car on the Quad-Cities-to-Chicago Rock Island Lines run. Bonnie Butterworth, wife of DePorter-Butterworth Travel Agency owner William Butterworth, said the car has become ``non-competitive'' because of 50 minutes added to the Rock Island schedule. The club car was complete with a bar, tables, lounge and a Vista Dome.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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