Day in history for October 6, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Standard Lotta bustle is being offered for sale in Rock Island. Its design enables it to close up against a chair back.

1900 -- 100 years ago
W.T. Channon, Hamilton Perry, Rock Island, and Frank T. Dufva have formed a plumbing business.

1925 -- 75 years ago
John Looney was granted a change of venue to Galesburg on the charge of murdering William Gabel.

1950 -- 50 years ago
An opinion will be sought from the attorney general's office as to whether or not cities have the power to place ``stop'' signs during school passing periods on streets other than state highways, Floyd A. Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent of schools said today. This was decided after a survey was made of traffic hazards near city and rural schools yesterday.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The Metropolitan Airport Authority approved a joint engineering contract for planning the first phase of a $5 million Quad City Airport runway reconstruction and expansion project. The improvements will be done over a three-year period and will make the runway capable of handling larger four-engine jet aircraft, such as the Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 707. The first phase work will include reconstruction of 1,000 feet of the existing east-west runway to bring it up to safety standards and the complete overlaying of the rest of the 6,500-foot runway.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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