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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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