Day in history for July 26, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The P.T. Barnum Great Roman Hippodrome Show is coming to Rock Island for a 1-day stand.

1900 -- 100 years ago
J.D. Cady of Moline set a new record at Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club by stroking 86 for the 18 holes.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Everett R. Cummings was reappointed manager of the Fort Armstrong Theater, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Marvin Cullinson, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Cullinson, Taylor Ridge, killed a 4-foot 2-inch timber rattlesnake last evening at the Everett Hobert farm, southwest of Andalusia. The boy was walking near the chicken house when he almost stepped on the snake, which immediately coiled and warned a resounding rattle. The youth ran to the farm house, grabbed his rifle, and dispatched the reptile in short order. The snake, a rarity in western Illinois, had 11 fully developed rattles.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Young John Mitchell, Green Rock, wanted to try fishing the Mississippi River with doughballs and he did it, although he hurried and used just a standard, single-barb hook. Before the doughball could disintegrate, a 10-pound perch took the hook and John, 7, landed a real fishing prize. He was fishing out of the Illiniwek Forest Preserve.

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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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