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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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