Day in history for September 16, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A burglar was captured after taking $7 from the cash drawer of Otto Gottsch's saloon in Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The cornerstone of the Moline Industrial Home was laid by Hans Bjorkman.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Nic LeGrand of Rock Island was elected Illinois and eastern Iowa Kiwanis district governor.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The possibility of a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian was being probed this afternoon by Rock Island police as a result of the mysterious actions of a motorist who stopped briefly at a Rock Island service station this morning. Police were told the motorist drove into Bognar's, 46th St. and 7th Ave., and asked that the car oil be checked. The attendant noticed the front end of the car was caved in, and blood was dripping from the grill and bumper. He asked the motorist what happened but got no response. Instead, the driver started the car and drove away. Police were told there was no evidence of hair or feathers on the front of the car to indicate the auto might have hit an animal or bird.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A huge gourmet's delight was found south of Geneseo by Vern Beauseigneur, Geneseo. He was on his way squirrel hunting but a giant of an edible mushroom commonly called a ``puffball'' took his mind off squirrels. The mushroom weighs approximately 15 pounds and is about 36 inches in circumference.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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