Day in history for August 5, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Captain Dave Hillier constructed the first sidewalk on Commerce street in Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Tom Cox was chosen captain of the stone cutters' baseball team in Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island street department purchased a new truck and grader for work on city streets.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The campaign to eliminate gambling in Rock Island County was renewed with vigor today by State's Attorney Bernard J. Moran, acting on two ``fronts,'' civil and criminal. In three separate circuit court actions Moran asks that injunction writs be issued to prohibit the playing of bingo for money or other valuables at three alleged Rock Island bingo establishments on the grounds that they are ``public nuisances.''

1975 -- 25 years ago
National Supermarkets will close its Davenport Division warehouse facility on Rockingham Road, on Sept. 6, resulting in a layoff of about 43 warehouse and general office employes. National has maintained a warehouse facility in Davenport for about 20 years. They have 7 retail food outlets in the Quad-Cities, but officials said none would be affected by the closing of the warehouse.

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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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