Day in history for August 9, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Among the improvements to Rock Island this year are the following: The Rock Island House, Bengston's block, Rock Island National Bank, Volk's building, Tegeler's block and Central Presbyterian Church.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A $1,000 Dean pump was stolen from the Black Diamond Coal Co. near Coal Valley.

1925 -- 75 years ago
John Dee was elected president of the Rock Island division of the Mississippi Motor Club.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The price of a cup of coffee in Rock Island remained unchanged today, a survey of restaurants and lunch counters showed, though several establishments in Moline hiked their prices yesterday. According to Rock Island coffee servers, local prices won't follow the Moline boost unless ``someone raises the price and others follow.'' Earlier this year, a lunch counter reported hiking coffee prices, but went back to the nickel-a-cup tab after a month's experimentation.

1975 -- 25 years ago
It's harvest time at the Darwin Knudtson farm in rural Henry County. But instead of oats, or soybeans, Knudtson is harvesting potatoes and will continue doing just that until mid-September. The Knudtson potato farm, located northeast of Geneseo, is only one of two farms in the area which grows potatoes commercially for Eagle Food Stores.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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