Day in history for October 8, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The engine now nearly completed by Williams, White And Co. for the wagon company is a beauty of 60 horsepower. The accompanying boilers are at present a source of continuous music at Schillingers And Trumbles. The new shops and new machinery will double the capacity of the wagon company's factory.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A highway will be constructed to connect Rock Island with the lower part of the county.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. A.A. Ellison, Rock Island, was injured when she was thrown from her automobile in an accident.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Tommy Bruchmann, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bruchmann, Rock Island, lost one of his front teeth on Tuesday. Tommy put the tooth under his pillow that night. When he woke up the next morning, he found the tooth had changed to a shiny dime. At Villa de Chantal kindergarten Tommy heard about the Community Chest. Yesterday he took his 10-cent piece to school and gave it to his teacher for the Chest.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An all-time record price for slaughter hogs was paid in Atkinson when the market hit $66 per hundredweight. ``A combination of farmers in the field busy with harvest and a general scarcity of hogs combined to push the price to the record price,'' said Merle Lesage, general manager of Chicago Order Buyers Inc. The market has been climbing steadily since it hit the $40 mark due to a shortage of hogs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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