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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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