Day in history for September 26, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
John Bengston may open a drug store in his new block in Rock Island. The block is one of the finest in the city.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The annual meeting of the Central Presbyterian Guild was held at the home of Mrs. Samuel Edwards.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Ralph LeGuire, 22, Rock Island, may lose his right hand as the result of a severe wrist fracture received while cranking a car.

1950 -- 50 years ago
An attempted jailbreak at the Rock Island county jail scheduled for next Sunday was discovered last evening, Sheriff Claude J. Taylor said today. The plan to ``konk'' a jailer with an iron bar and ``make the break'' was discovered when a note a trusty was carrying from one prisoner to another was intercepted. A search of the cells this morning revealed that a 1-foot section of an inch thick steel cell bar had been sawed out and was being held in place with a piece of wire from an old coat hanger.

1975 -- 25 years ago
About 200 occupants of the Sheraton Rock Island, in the city's downtown district, were forced to evacuate the motor inn for about an hour at 4:30 this morning when a fire occurred in the elevator service room on the third floor of the building. The fire originated when a pillow and box of trash under a telephone panel were ignited by a discarded cigarette. A firefighter incurred minor injuries.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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