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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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