Day in history for August 15, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Charles Kothy, teacher at the German English School, Rock Island, gave a concert at Turner Hall, and also lectured on humanity.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The will of C.J. Samuelson of Ophiem provided that $15,000 be given to Augustana College.

1925 -- 75 years ago
A contract was awarded for paving the first section of 45th Avenue, Watch Tower Park Roadway, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Moline has no traffic problems, only certain conditions which could be solved if it wasn't for public opposition, William Coopman, Moline traffic engineer, told 50 Rotary Club members at a dinner meeting in the LeClaire Hotel yesterday noon. ``Our main traffic condition is congestion,'' Coopman explained. ``Our forefathers didn't plan for autos, and as a result, we have narrow streets and bad parking conditions. City finances are not enough to widen streets, therefore we must curb parking and enforce one-way traffic on busy streets.''

1975 -- 25 years ago
The rolle bolle team of Steve Fuessel, Wilbur Bender and Leonard Suhr won the national championship tournament in Marshall, Minn. The Quad-Cities team, sponsored by the Belgium American Brotherhood of Rock Island, beat the previously unbeaten team 8-3 in the final match to win the $300 first-place money. Sixty-four teams from all parts of the United States and Canada participated in the tournament.

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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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