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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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