Day in history for August 10, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Burglars attempted to enter the house of Porter Skinner, Rock Island, but were driven off by Policeman Chris Mitsch.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Neptune, the most complete steamboat on the upper Mississippi, is preparing to take the place of the steamer Saturn, which was destroyed by a fire at the Kahike boat yards, Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
An ordinance providing for a $119,000 storm drain in southwest Rock Island was given its first reading at the Rock Island city council session.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Novelaires, a Rock Island women's barbershop quartet, were selected to appear on Sunday's ABC broadcast with the Hormel girls' orchestra and chorus, and to sing at the radio and stage show Saturday night in the Rock Island high school auditorium. Members of the group, all Rock Islanders, are: Mrs. Glenna Anderson, Mrs. Mary Sullivan, Miss Margaret Kerans, and Mrs. Sidney Jeanne Reid.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Bruce Dorbeck, Wendell Moore and East Moline Mayor Dennis Jacobs, shared the duties of turning the first spadeful of dirt for a new East Moline Wholesale facility. The new facility, co-owned by Dorbeck and Moore, will be located on six acres in the city's industrial park at a cost of $310,000.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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