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: 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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