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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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