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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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