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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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