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: 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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