Day in history for August 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
It may be of interest to fenceboard artists to know that it is a violation of law, punishable by fine and imprisonment, to paint or pencil advertisements on fences or buildings, without first obtaining the owner's consent.

1900 -- 100 years ago
S. Frederic Telleen returned to Rock Island from Germany where he spent a year at the University of Leipzig.

1925 -- 75 years ago
George Perrin was re-elected president of the executive board of the Rock Island YMCA.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Circus employes, who are accustomed to finding just about everything when they clean up after a performance, say they've never known anyone to lose their false teeth. But that's what happened last night at the final performance of the Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey circus in Rock Island. An upper plate, found on the circus grounds, was turned over to an Argus representative. It will be held at The Argus for the owner.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Parents could go to jail if their children don't go to school. That's the essence of a new truancy policy adopted for Rock Island County's nine school districts. Districts would decide on an individual student basis how many truancies must be accumulated before referral to an outside agency.

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