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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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