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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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