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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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