Day in history for October 7, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
George H. Parker has retired from the board of the Citizens National Bank. Thomas W. McClelland has been named to succeed the post.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The proprietor of the Eldorado Saloon, Rock Island, announced its opening with free lunch and music.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Axel Johnson, Rock Island, narrowly escaped death when his auto plunged over a bridge and buried him in a muddy creek.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The arrest late yesterday of four Rock Island youths has cracked a ring which took 62 cases of canned beer from a Rock Island firm in the past three months, police said today. Police said three of the youths were employed at A.D. Huesing Bottling Works, 100 14th St., Rock Island, from where the beer was stolen. The fourth youth reportedly was the ``fence'' for the stolen beer and disposed of it at low prices to the employes of the Rock Island Millwork Co., 2525 4th Ave., where he was employed.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A black, oily substance flowed out of a storm drain in the Moline pool of the Mississippi River near the foot of 20th Street. Lloyd Grantz, superintendent of the Moline Water Department, said there is no cause for alarm as the pollutant has dispersed, and the quality of city water has not been affected by the substance. The source of storm drain pollution is difficult to trace, said Grantz.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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