Day in history for September 14, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A total of 1,430 students have registered in Rock Island schools for the fall term.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County board of supervisors voted for the abolition of witness fees, except when testifying before the grand jury.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Lucy Morris, Rock Island, was elected president of the Fourteenth District Women's Relief Corps.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Wren Jeffers, 40, of Griggsville, stepped out of his smashed car with two broken fingers today although his car ran off the road on a curve on Route 57 south of Quincy, jumped a curbing and hit the stone steps of a tavern, knocked down a clump of fir trees, hurled 20 feet into the air and tore down telephone lines, hurdled over a parked car and landed on a corner of the tavern, ripped off the tavern sign, some shingles and smashed a vestibule, plowed into three parked cars and damaged the fronts of each, and came to a stop after showering parts on two other cars.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Radioactivity in water supplies of two area communities may slightly exceed proposed federal standards. One well in Silvis and one in Carbon Cliff produce water that may contain slightly more radioactivity than is considered safe, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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