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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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