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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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