Day in history for September 23, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island County Superintendent of Schools M.M. Sturgeon reports $328.96 in receipts on hand.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Sylvan Steel Works reopened its plant after being idle several months.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The new $300,000 home of the Moline Elks was dedicated.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Two Rock Island children will appear on radio and television tomorrow in Chicago. Diana and Dwayne, the two youngest members of the Czupka family orchestra, will present a chain dance, in which their feet are chained together, on WENR at 12:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. It will be a feature of the M.B. Sachs Amateur Hour program. The entire family of musicians will visit Hines Hospital at Hines Oct. 13, presenting their third concert there for the entertainment of the veteran patients.

1975 -- 25 years ago
When asked ``What do you want to be when you grow up?'' 12 year old Eddie Voss, Rock Island, replies ``A professional magician.'' Voss says he knew that magic was his destiny when he read about the subject in a book that his father, Bernard Voss, bought for him a couple of years ago. For $10 (it used to be $3.50) Eddie will perform his act at parties, meetings, etc. His first show was given for the PTA of Thomas Jefferson School, Milan. He knows about 120 tricks.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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