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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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