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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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