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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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