Day in history for August 12, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. E. Hoover was fatally injured when thrown from a carriage pulled by a runaway horse.

1900 -- 100 years ago
F.C.A. Denkmann, Rock Island, and Frederick Weyerhaeuser of St. Paul made a joint donation of $5,000 to the German Lutheran Church.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Servus Rubber Company will add 125 men to its present force, increasing its monthly payroll to $12,000.

1950 -- 50 years ago
It's a good thing to have friends. If you don't believe that, ask Orrin Bowden of 1020 12th Ave., Rock Island. Bowden, who is in the midst of building a new home for his family in the Oak Lawn addition in East Moline, lost two fingers in an accident at the Silvis Shops, Rock Island Lines, Monday. But, Bowden has a lot of friends in the electrical shop where he is employed, and today 15 of them were busily working on Bowden's house.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Moline may have the first bicentennial bridal party this month when Terry Heisel and Dennis Bridges are wed in Moline's Gospel Temple. The bride will wear a hand-sewn gown like a bride of 1776 would have worn. Her seven bridesmaids will precede her in Martha Washington-styled cotton frocks with aprons and parasols. The men will be suited a la Ben Franklin in velvet knee breeches and a waistcoat. The wedding party will arrive at the church via horsedrawn buggy.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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