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 estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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