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: 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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