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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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