Day in history for June 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The billboards on the southeast corner of Illinois and Buffalo Streets, Rock Island, have had their height increased by the addition of two one foot boards, all the way around: ``Big circus coming.''

1901 -- 100 years ago
County Superintendent Ferguson left to attend the closing exercises of the Foster School.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A crowd estimated at 10,000 looked through the beautiful new Fort Armstrong Hotel from basement to ninth floor at public inspection.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A brutal armed bandit is the object of a police search today following the holdup and beating of a night clerk at the Como Hotel, Rock Island, shortly after 5 o'clock this morning. The robber escaped with $51 of hotel funds and $50 belonging to the night clerk. The holdup victim, Ross C. McKiernan, 67, who resides at the hotel, is reported in fair condition today at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was struck at least a dozen times by the bandit and received a severe laceration on his forehead.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Kim Ramey, 14, and Louis Misfeldt, 15, both of Milan, won the junior dance competition in the Illinois-Wisconsin Bi-State Roller Skating Championship, held in Westmont, Ill. Kim, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Ramey, also won the freshman girls figure skating championship. Louis, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Misfeldt, won the sophomore boys title.

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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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