Day in history for August 19, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
It is rumored that A.A. Morey has purchased J.J. Pakre's half interest in the Rock Island Union.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Moline city council repealed the franchise of the Central Union Telephone Company, making it 30 years instead of perpetual.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The second of 24 barges being constructed at Milan boat yards at a cost of $2,000 each was completed.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A Moline man was arrested last evening on the complaint of Ralph Birks, Moline park superintendent. The man removed sod from Reservoir Park, 8th Avenue and 35th Street, Moline, in violation of the city's park ordinance. He was released on his own recognizance pending a hearing tomorrow in police court.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The Daily Dispatch will offer a college course by newspaper on a weekly basis beginning next week. The course called the ``American Issues Forum'' will explore the reality of the American experience as part of The Dispatch's observance of the nations Bicentennial. Courses by Newspaper estimates approximately 20 million Americans have read articles offered as part of a personal, convenient, at home learning program.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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