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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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