Day in history for September 8, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A total of 171 arrests were made in Rock Island during June, July and August. The largest number was 23 for drunk and disorderly conduct.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Sir William Henry Preece, who has been experimenting with wireless telegraphy, was able to convey audible speech six to eight miles across the sea without wires.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Thirty persons were hurled into Crescent Lake near Alpha when the north end of the clubhouse porch collapsed.

1950 -- 50 years ago
C. Thomas Magnum, Rock Island professional magician, will begin his winter tour Monday at LaMouer, N.D. He will give at least 300 performances by the end of his season, May 17. He will make appearances in private, parochial and public elementary and high schools, colleges, state institutions, abbeys and deaf asylums. The first week his schedule calls for 15 entertainments.

1975 -- 25 years ago
How would you like to share your house with 4,000 fish? Jack Bivens thinks it's great. In the family room of his home in Rock Island, Bivens has 30 aquariums ranging in size from 2 to 55 gallons. In addition, he has three 95-gallon horse watering tanks in the family room. These are used for raising young fish. Bivens has been involved in the tropical fish hobby for five years.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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