Day in history for May 26, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
George Impky fractured both legs when he fell from a ladder while hanging a picture at Central Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A 4-year commercial course will be started at Rock Island High School.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Miss Vidis Brooks, Rock Island High School senior, was named winner of the national typewriting contest. To win, she had to type 60 words a minute without error.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-Cities newest drive-in outdoor theater will be located on 10th Street, just off off 23rd Avenue, south of Silvis, officials of the $100,000 project announced today. The 700-car theater, being built by the Independent Amusements, Inc., the same group that owns and operates the Memri in Milan and all the independent theaters in Rock Island County, will be built this summer.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Several hundred dollars worth of drugs, including highly dangerous opium derivatives and adrenalin, were taken over the weekend by a burglar who may not know what he's gotten himself into. The drugs described by authorities as ``extremely dangerous'' were taken from a doctor's office in Port Byron. Sheriff's investigator Gordon Powell said some of the drugs could result in instantaneous death if used by an untrained person.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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