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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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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