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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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