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 are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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