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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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