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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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