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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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