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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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