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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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