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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