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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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