Day in history for August 1, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A picked crew from the Sylvan Boat Club will race a crew from Dimock And Gould. The Sylvan crew will be made up of Tillinghast, Anthony, Lewis and Gould with Abbott as coxswain.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island and Davenport brewers agreed to raise the price of beer from $6 to $6.50 a barrel.

1925 -- 75 years ago
John P. Looney was found guilty of a conspiracy to protect gambling, prostitution and illicit liquor traffic in Rock Island. The jury fixed the penalty at one to five years in the state penitentiary. Judge Nels A. Larson also sentenced Looney to 60 days in jail for contempt of court.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Grading operations for the Quad-Cities' newest outdoor theater began yesterday near Silvis and are being rushed with the hope that construction will be completed soon. The new open air showhouse, a companion to the Memri near Milan, is to be named Semri, comprising the first letters of Silvis, East Moline, Moline and Rock Island.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Drivers beware! New duck crossing signs are coming our way. The official duck crossing signs are a first for Illinois and only the second in the U.S. The first signs posted in Illinois are in the town of Marseilles, where more than 200 semi-wild mallards have made their home over the last couple of years.

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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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