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 board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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