Day in history for October 29, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Insanity takes most curious forms. A Davenport girl told a fellow she would marry him, just for fun, you know. He procured a marriage license and presented it for business and that girl very considerately asked him if he couldn't take a joke. And now they are trying him for insanity.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Durant Howard, editor of the Rock Island Republican, announced that the publication of the paper has been suspended.

1925 -- 75 years ago
A runaway team demolished the new traffic light post at 9th Street and 3rd Avenue, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Pre-Halloween vandals were blamed by police today for the theft of 8 to 10 small pillows and 2 bed-size pillows from a porch at the residence of Mrs. George E. Benson, 828 44th St., Rock Island. Police said they received reports the pillows were taken by several youths and subsequently destroyed in order that the youths could sprinkle feathers on cars and porches.

1975 -- 25 years ago
There is an art to janitorial services at Colona Grade School. Daryl Person, 18, is an artist at heart and a janitor only by occupation. Person was hired as a part-time janitor this summer to paint two Trojans, the school emblem, on the gymnasium walls. He estimates the first Trojan took three weeks to paint and the second a week and a half.

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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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