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: 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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