Day in history for May 21, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Miss Helen Davis of Moline would have been killed by A.W. Hastie, her rejected suitor, had it not been for her hair. The young man shot at her, but the bullet struck a heavy bunch of hair on the back of her head and lodged there. This hasty youth had no back hair to speak of, and when he shot at his own head, the ball accomplished its fatal mission and another fool was dead.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Captain A.M. Beardsley announced he will finance the construction of a modern building on the 60-foot lot west of the Rock Island Y.M.C.A.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Ralph Sheese of Aledo won the mile run at the 31st interscholastic track and field meet at the University of Illinois.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Police today were looking for vandals who reportedly pulled up more than 50 hedge plants at the S.A. Jacobsen residence, 3830 18th Ave., Rock Island, last night. Mr. Jacobsen said the plants were pulled up and thrown about the premises.

1975 -- 25 years ago
There's nothing much unusual about attending a recital where the soloist plays 3 instruments, until you realize that the soloist is a 13-year-old musician who has been playing for 7 years. Andrew Bruck, Rock Island, will present a recital at Augustana. The 8th-grade student at Washington Junior High will play selections on flute, piano and violin.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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