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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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