Day in history for August 25, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
An empty passenger train backed into one of Keator And Co.'s lumber wagons. Two men on the wagon escaped injury.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. Ira W. Allen Jr. has left the pastorate at Central Presbyterian Church to assume his new duties at the McCormick Theological Seminary.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Francis Lannon, 28, was burned about the back and shoulders when a tomato can exploded in a pit in the Rock Island city incinerator.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The hilarious skru-ball game will be the featured attraction at Hand Park, Cambridge, Sunday night when two local teams square off for a softball game on wheels. The Jack Price Co. will furnish all of the trick vehicles used in the game. The skru-ball game, which is making its premiere in this area, probably infracts more actual softball rules than any other game. Every participant except the pitcher and catcher are mounted on vehicles, which range from regular bicycles to 1-wheel unicycles.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Doug Willard of Oakwood Country Club fired a one-over-par 72-73-145 in the wind at Emeis Golf Course to take top honors in the Quad-City Amateur Golf Tourney. Davenporter Kym Hougham was runner-up, while the trio of Charlie VanOoteghem, Sam Williamson and Hank Mahoski were two shots back.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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