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 said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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