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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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