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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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