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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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