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.

Back: Available days in August 2000




Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






(More History)