Day in history for August 11, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Michael Buncher had her pocket picked on Market Square, Rock Island. Her loss included a check for $100 and $3 in cash.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Dr. G.L. Eyster of Rock Island won the men's handicap at the Rock Island Golf Club from a field of 34 competitors.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Raymond A. Bennett was named new physical director of Rock Island Y.M.C.A.

1950 -- 50 years ago
After almost 16 months of waiting since Moline citizens approved a $100,000 bond issue to finance the project, the city of Moline yesterday afternoon completed the initial details for the purchase of a site for a new fire station in Highland. An option for the acquisition of a 70x150-foot piece of ground on the north side of 23rd Ave. near 35th St. was signed with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderberg, the owners, with Fire Chief John H. Polchow acting as agent for the city.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The submarine USS Hammerhead III has a new base on the front lawn of the Richard Dorothy home in Prophetstown. Dorothy discovered the 10-foot submarine replica and realized that it was the work of practical joker friends, Wes and Jim McMillan. Apparently Dorothy asked Jim to make a pair of six-foot oars, he did, but instead of being six-feet long, each oar had six feet on it, with red painted toenails. The submarine was then made to go with the oars.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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