Day in history for October 23, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Market Square, Rock Island, is crowded every day with farmers' wagons loaded with potatoes, corn and hay.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The new studio of Mr. and Mrs. George Blakslee, Rock Island, has been opened for business.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Miss Helen Wait of Reynolds was declared champion for the work projects of the girls' 4-H Clubs of Rock Island County.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Some Quad-Cities good samaritan may think that for an act of kindness he was repaid by bad luck. Mrs. Robert Custer, 1573 31st Ave., Moline, wants to return his auto jack. Late yesterday afternoon, a tire on Mrs. Custer's car went flat near the Milan bridge. As hundreds of cars whizzed by, Mrs. Custer stood helpless because her own jack wouldn't work. Then a yellow car stopped, a man got out and promptly changed Mrs. Custer's tire, using his own jack. When the job was completed, the jack was inadvertently thrown in the trunk of Mrs. Custer's car.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island police detectives have found no traces into the theft of three paintings and some pottery work from a professional art exhibition at Augustana College. The paintings, valued at more than $1,500, included two by Dave Lund of rural Quad-Cities farm scenes. This is the largest art theft in memory at the college.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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