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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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