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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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