Day in history for September 4, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Cora Valentine, first assistant to the principal at Rock Island High School, will draw a salary of $85 a month.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A new railroad might be built between Muscatine and Aledo and from there to Canton.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Total attendance at Rock Island playgrounds was 64,193 during the summer.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A Davenport man will have 10 days to get warm while he is a prisoner in Rock Island County Jail. He was arrested on a drunk charge yesterday afternoon and Moline police said they intended to release him later but changed their minds when he set fire to a pile of papers and then crawled to the top of the Moline cell block in the jail. He told Magistrate Ralph Stephenson that he started the fire to get warm.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Three women employes of a Moline service station have traded their dishpan hands for bruised knuckles and aching muscles of an auto mechanic. It all started as somewhat of a lark a year ago, said Lee Witcraft, manager of Hersh's Uptown Shell, but ``they're still here; that speaks for itself.'' ``They've worked out fine,'' Witcraft added, speaking of Shirley Gray, Lyndon; Sherri Lawton, Moline and Anne Maxwell, Andalusia.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
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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