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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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