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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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