Day in history for May 16, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Burglars ransacked the Rock Island home of Judge Spencer and made off with a gold watch, $50 in currency and $10 in coin.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Davenport city council voted to increase the salaries of the police department. Hereafter the chief of police will receive $1,100 a year, and the night captain $75 a month.

1925 -- 75 years ago
An interstate gas war was threatened in Rock Island when eight Iowa marshals stationed themselves at city oil stations to keep Iowans from purchasing gas in Illinois.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A uniform price of $3.45 (per hundredweight) for grade A milk delivered by producers to the Quad-Cities market has been announced for the month of April. This is a drop of 20 cents from the producer price in March, and an increase over the $3.36 set for April 1949.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Al Sowash of Andalusia has been voted the Quad-City man with the best moustache. Sowash spent three years cultivating the twirling handlebar whiskers that won him a cash prize at the contest sponsored by the Wells Fargo Lounge. ``I grew my stache because it looks sexy,'' says young Sowash. ``The only bad thing about having a moustache is that when it rains all the wax washes out and the whole thing turns limp.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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