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Day in history for October 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Harry C. Cleaveland is running for Rock Island county treasurer on the Republican ticket.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Brakeman Kingsbury of the Rock Island Lines narrowly escaped fatal injuries when he fell between two boxcars.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Charles Esplin, Jr., was elected master councilor of Templar Chapter, Order of DeMolay.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Coal Valley fire district will purchase a 3 horsepower fire siren that can be heard for a distance of three miles, it was announced following a meeting of the district trustees last night. The siren will be purchased from government surplus for $150. Two oxygen respirators and two waterproof canvas covers have arrived and are ready for use. Plans were completed for a banquet to be held for volunteer firemen and their families Nov. 1 in the Coal Valley Presbyterian Church.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An abandoned 2 1/2 story house was destroyed at 14th St. and 6th Ave., Rock Island, and two adjacent structures heavily damaged by fire. Firemen estimated the damage at $50,000 and blamed the cause of the blaze on a 10-year-old boy burning a grasshopper on a piece of paper. The occupants of an adjacent dwelling were made homeless by the fire. Major damage also resulted to the M And W Upholstery Shop.

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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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