Day in history for August 4, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The store of G.A. Eiker of Woodhull was entered by three men who cracked a strongbox and escaped with $1,000.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Sunday closing movement inaugurated by the retail clerks association of Rock Island and Davenport became effective.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Elmore H. and John T. Stafford announced extensive improvements will be made to six store buildings on Twentieth street, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Perhaps spurred by threatened shortages of building materials because of the Korean War, construction work in Rock Island last month soared to $751,929.35 and boosted the city's building valuation for the first seven months of 1950 to $2,955,195.35, a sum 9 percent above the amount for the same period last year. 509 building permits were issued. Fees collected by the building inspector's office totaled $1,401.35.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Upper Rock Island County groups were expected to opt for formation of a non-profit corporation to pursue construction of a municipal swimming pool in the East Moline-Silvis area at a meeting in East Moline City Hall. United Township High School has been mentioned as a likely site for the indoor-outdoor pool, giving the school a moratorium for use during school hours and giving East Moline-Silvis area residents a pool for after school hours.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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