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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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