Day in history for July 31, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A runaway team dashed up Iowa street to the Rock Island bridge, and finally crashed into a buggy containing Mrs. William A. Norris and Mrs. William Sears of south Rock Island. One of the horses was injured and had to be shot.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Bryan and Stevenson Anti-Imperialist Club of Rock Island is planning a big picnic event.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council drafted an ordinance for a $119,110 storm drain for the southwest section of the city.

1950 -- 50 years ago
His putter wouldn't behave early in the afternoon, but Moline's John Hobart disciplined the wayward stick five holes before the wind-up of the Illinois Men's Amateur golf tournament yesterday afternoon at Short Hills Country Club and bagged his second championship of Illinois golfdom.

1975 -- 25 years ago
For the first time since World War II, the Rock Island Arsenal has a woman security guard. She is Paula Gold, a native of Buffalo, Iowa, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. ``Drivers really slow down to take a second look, like they don't believe what they see,'' Miss Gold said, ``but that doesn't bother me.'' Her job includes stationary, motor and foot patrol and accident investigation as well as other duties.

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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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