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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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