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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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