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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