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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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