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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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