Day in history for August 7, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Moline Gun Club is buying 1,000 pigeons at 25 cents a pair for the use in gun shoots.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Gus Stengel of Rock Island was elected president of the Thirty-third District Liquor Dealers' Association.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Universal Tractor Plant was sold to International Harvester Co.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Six fire companies including those from Silvis, East Moline, Moline and Colona, helped fight a blaze which early this morning caused heavy damage to the new Rock Island Lines railroad viaduct which connects Carbon Cliff with the Barstow Road at the extreme east end of the railroad's switching hump. The overhead bridge, value of which was placed at $110,000 by Silvis shops officials, was still standing when firemen left the scene shortly before noon today but its main spans and under-pinning will have to be replaced before it can be opened to traffic again.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Even as it emphasized the need for major renovation of the county jail, a Rock Island County grand jury suggested it might be more feasible for county officials to begin planning for a new jail. The 23-member May term jury, however, issuing a lengthy report at its final session, noted Sheriff Joe Schneider and other county officials have taken steps to comply with its suggestions for certain changes at the jail.

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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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