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: 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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