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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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