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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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