Day in history for August 17, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Luke E. Hemenway and his son, C.F. Hemenway, have formed a new insurance firm in Moline.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Burglars stole property valued at $50 from the hardware store of John T. Noftsker, Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. J.A. Chapman, pastor of First Methodist Church, Rock Island, is dean of the Epworth League Institute, which opened its fourth annual session here.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Police today said three Rock Island boys, two 9 and the other 8, have admitted smearing two autos with tar while the vehicles were in the garage at the rear of 920 22nd St., Rock Island. Police said the boys had tar on their clothing when first questioned about the vandalism. The parents of the boys have been requested to pay for damages to the 1949 and 1950 model autos.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Moline city officials suspect that lack of oxygen in the lagoon east of 48th Street, which is at a low level because of the recent dry spell, may have caused the death of several hundred fish, mostly carp, in the last couple of days. The park department said the rain today may help the situation. The department did not stock the pond, but periodic flooding of the pond by the Rock River has helped build the fish population there.

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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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