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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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