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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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