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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