Day in history for August 22, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island City Council opened bids for the construction of piers and abutments for a Rock River bridge.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Harry Sommers of the Hotel Sommers, Moline, announced that men can eat in their shirt sleeves in his hotel, providing they do not wear suspenders.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The building permit for $750,000 for the Fort Armstrong Hotel broke all Rock Island building records.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Miss Margie Mae Peterson, Geneseo, was a stewardess aboard the plane whose fuselage was torn by an engine and propeller over the Rocky Mountains today. She is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Peterson, Geneseo. The plane made an emergency landing at Stapleton Airport in East Denver. Seven people were hurt and one passenger died, apparently of a heart attack.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The Msgr. Francis P. Blecke, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1956 and former diocesan superintendent of schools, will retire Oct. 1, it was announced by the Most Rev. Edward W. O'Rourke, bishop of the Catholic Peoria Diocese. Msgr. Blecke directed the building of the new convent for nuns who served Sacred Heart School and new rectory. The pastor was presented the Legion of Honor, highest award of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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