Day in history for August 14, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The house of Joseph M. Johnson near Milan was rifled by thieves. A gold watch and chain, several rings and $200 in cash were reported missing.

1900 -- 100 years ago
W.L. Sweeney, Rock Island, was re-elected truant officer at a salary of $40 per month.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Oscar J. Ohlweiller, Rock Island, was elected president of Memorial Park Association.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Four Rock Island County boys won prizes in the insect collecting contest held by the Davenport Public Museum. Judging of entries took place at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. In the group aged 12 and under, Thomas Fryxell, Rock Island, and Fred Schmidt of the Rock Island County Boys' Home, tied for first place. Third place went to Billy Sears, Rock Island. In the over 12 group, Russell Holmes of the Rock Island County Boys' Home placed first. About 4,000 insects, including several rare butterflies, were entered.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An explosion on a barge tied up at the docks of the Universal Atlas Cement Co., Bettendorf, this morning resulted in the death of the superintendent of the plant. The blast occurred as he was on the barge attempting to depressurize a hatch. The explosion blew the hatch cover off, sending the man into the river. The body was recovered by two men from a nearby tugboat.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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