Day in history for September 23, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island County Superintendent of Schools M.M. Sturgeon reports $328.96 in receipts on hand.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Sylvan Steel Works reopened its plant after being idle several months.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The new $300,000 home of the Moline Elks was dedicated.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Two Rock Island children will appear on radio and television tomorrow in Chicago. Diana and Dwayne, the two youngest members of the Czupka family orchestra, will present a chain dance, in which their feet are chained together, on WENR at 12:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. It will be a feature of the M.B. Sachs Amateur Hour program. The entire family of musicians will visit Hines Hospital at Hines Oct. 13, presenting their third concert there for the entertainment of the veteran patients.

1975 -- 25 years ago
When asked ``What do you want to be when you grow up?'' 12 year old Eddie Voss, Rock Island, replies ``A professional magician.'' Voss says he knew that magic was his destiny when he read about the subject in a book that his father, Bernard Voss, bought for him a couple of years ago. For $10 (it used to be $3.50) Eddie will perform his act at parties, meetings, etc. His first show was given for the PTA of Thomas Jefferson School, Milan. He knows about 120 tricks.

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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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