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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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