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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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