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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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