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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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