Day in history for August 21, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Miss Allie Davis was appointed a teacher by the Rock Island Board of Education. Cornelius Lynde was reappointed treasurer of the board.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Four empty ice houses in East Moline were destroyed by fire. Damage reached $3,000.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island plant of the former Daniel Boone Woolen Mills will soon be operating at capacity with 500 to 600 employees.

1950 -- 50 years ago
AFL painters in the Quad-Cities will receive a 15-cent hourly pay boost Sept. 1, it was reported today. The increase will hike the hourly rate of an estimated 400 painters to $2.25. Most other building trades unions concluded new contracts in May and June, many of them winning hikes in hourly pay.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An auto owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thompson of Dayton Corners dropped through a bridge spanning the Hennepin Canal shortly after a similar mishap involving an auto owned by Jack Kelleher of Moline. The bridge, one-quarter mile south of Dayton Corners off Cleveland Road, and other canal bridges in a three-county area, are the subject of a pending lawsuit to determine who is responsible for their maintenance and repair.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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