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: 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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