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: 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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