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: 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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