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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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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