Day in history for September 3, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Moline Gun Club has organized a quartette for the purpose of driving dull care away. H.F. Thomas, George Lee, J.N. Fish and Fred Shaw are the musical ones. Music for sacred concerts and serenades furnished by applications to Capt. W.G. Morris, who fills the double position of leader and secretary.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The force of mail carriers in Rock Island will be increased to 12.

1925 -- 75 years ago
A Rock Island architect, Clair F. Drury, was appointed professor of architecture at the University of Oklahoma.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Joseph Grudzinski, 2, Moline, was saved from possible death by a new type of operation called valvulotomy. The boy had a narrowing of the valve where the artery to the lungs leaves the heart. Surgeons at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, cut a stricture in the heart to permit a normal flow of blood to the lungs. He will be returned home shortly.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Most victims of broken bones carry friends signatures and good wishes on their plaster casts, but Vernon Smith of Colona is a limping Bicentennial emblem. Girlfriend Karen Heaton, East Moline, painted the stars and stripes after Smith broke his leg in Moto-Cross competition.

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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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