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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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