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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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