Day in history for August 23, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
S.W. McMaster was elected permanent president of the Rock Island Board of Education.

1900 -- 100 years ago
C.H. Deere bought the site of the old Malleable Iron Works in Moline for factory purposes.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Melvin Lundeen, Rock Island, was elected treasurer of the Lutheran Students' Association of America.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County's union barbers last night opened the way for hiking the price of a haircut from $1 to $1.25, but union officials said it will be about a month before action is definite either for raising or standing pat. The $1.25 haircut price has been in effect in Chicago and suburbs for some time, in Rockford for three weeks and will start in Peoria within 10 days.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Illinois communities were urged to increase mosquito abatement programs after the death of a Silvis man Friday in Lutheran Hospital from sleeping sickness. The 83-year-old died of encephalitis contracted earlier in the week. It is believed to be the second death in Illinois caused by virus carrying mosquitoes. The Illinois Department of Public Health in Springfield said there are eight confirmed cases of two strains of encephalitis in Illinois and seven suspected cases.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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