Day in history for August 28, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The daughter of Napoleon Defoy, Rock Island, was accidentally drowned when she fell into a cistern head first.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The board of education voted to teach two years of United States history and three years of geography in the grade schools.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island County Old Settlers Association held its 60th annual reunion.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Jerry Doerr, 1834 16th Ave., Moline, won the Rock Island county title of the fifth annual tin can derby sponsored by the Moline Optimist Club on 27th Street hill, Moline, north of the Black Hawk road intersection, yesterday afternoon. Nearly fifteen hundred persons witnessed the derby. As Doerr sped past the finish line, his right front tire spun off the hub causing him to lose control of his small racer and he crashed into a ditch below the Black Hawk intersection. He was uninjured.

1975 -- 25 years ago
More than 75 children had the chance to take a spine-tingling ``leap for life'' into a fireman's net when the firefighters of Moline's No. 4 station held a party for children from the Riverside Park area. The jump-off platform was only a few inches to where the firemen and Second Alarmers were holding the net. Still the children had a bouncing good time.

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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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