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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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