Day in history for August 31, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A gang of 3-card monte experts, confidence men and thieves arrived in Rock Island after plying their vocation at the Cambridge fair. They are expected to be active at the Davenport fair.

1900 -- 100 years ago
It was rumored that W.H. Truesdale, formerly of Rock Island, will succeed Collis Huntington as president of the Southern Pacific Railway.

1925 -- 75 years ago
John Madden was named prohibition director of the district, which includes Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Moline Police Officer Earl McGlaughlin turned cowboy for a brief time this morning, rounded up four stray cows in Prospect Park, turned them over to the owner and then continued the less prosaic business of enforcing the law in the city. McGlaughlin reported the cattle are owned by John Wilson of Hillsdale, who pastured the animals at the Cleaveland farm near the park. They broke out early this morning and strayed onto city property.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Steel stretches for ``miles'' in the 755,000 square-foot addition to the Deere parts distribution center in Milan. The addition will expand the parts center to more than 1,250,000 square-feet. When the center is completed in late fall, Deere expects to employ more than 375 people in Milan, an increase of nearly 200 employes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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