Day in history for October 3, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The following panel of petit jurors was drawn from Rock Island Township: George Foster, John Biehl, Ed Sutcliffe, Andrew Hoffman, Isaac Bamberger, Frederick Kellerstrass, Peter Sumner, Swan Swanson, George W. Copp, W.B. Sergeant, William H. Channon, Ernst Strate, William F. Schroeder, Ed Whelan, William Goodman, H.P. Hull, T.A. Babcock and Laurence Eihl.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Captain H.C. Barrett was assigned to lead the harvest festival for the Salvation Army.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's Community Chest Fund is only $6,605 short of its goal.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island aldermen last night refused to consider a plan for boosting the police force by six men at the expense of parking meter funds, but at the same time they struck at the city's police and fire commission for ``permitting a patrolman to have a year's leave of absence when the department is short of men.''

1975 -- 25 years ago
An East Moline dilemma, ``Is the old McNeal house a landmark or an eyesore?'' ended this morning as wreckers demolished the 120-year-old structure. Judge Dan McNeal, who with brothers George and Neil owns the property, had requested the city let the building stand. But city officials finally got their way. The house is being scrapped at no cost to the McNeal family and contractors will salvage the valuable bricks.

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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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