Day in history for September 15, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Burglars entered the house of L.D. Hamilton on the corner of Swan and Toledo Streets, Rock Island, and escaped with $20 in property.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The formal opening of the Burtis Opera House in Davenport is set next week.

1925 -- 75 years ago
A.B. Carlson, J.A. Weishar and L.M. Casteel were named colonels of three groups in the Rock Island Community Chest fund drive.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Establishment of a system in the Quad-Cities to catch bogus check writers through their thumbprints was planned yesterday at a 3 1/2 hour meeting of businessmen and municipal officials in the LeClaire Hotel. It is a system that is being set up at various places throughout the country on a commercial basis by a private concern, the Protected Check Corporation of America, with headquarters in Denver, Colo. It is estimated that $500,000,000 worth of bad checks are cashed each year in the United States.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Col. Alden L. Cox, a native of Moline and a veteran of more than 23 years of military service, has assumed command of Seneca Army Depot, Romulus, N.Y., in a special change of command ceremony. Col. Cox is married to the former Rhonda Marie Smith of East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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