Day in history for August 16, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A total of 350 marble gravestones will be placed in the National Cemetery at Rock Island Arsenal.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Charles Fiebig of Rock Island and James Stewart of Taylor Ridge are building a gasoline launch on the Mississippi River below Andalusia.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island steeple jacks risked their lives in repairing the steeple on First Baptist Church, which was damaged by lightning.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A wage increase proposal by International Harvester Company was turned down today by unions representing workers at the Farmall and East Moline Works, and negotiations in Chicago went into the second round. The union statement from Chicago said that the company had offered a 7-cent-per-hour general wage increase plus equity adjustments for day work employes.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Six area men were awarded the China War Memorial Medal at the recent 30th annual reunion of the China-Burma-India Hump Pilots Association in Miami Beach. The order for the medal was lost at the end of World War II and only recently found. Cited were Bernard Young, Rock Island; Thurman Lanham, Cambridge; J.S. Kemmel Jr., and Gordon Fowler, both of Davenport; Harold Penrose, Maquoketa; William Voss, Bettendorf.

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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.






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