Day in history for September 5, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
New term grand jurors from Rock Island Township are Charles A. Benser, J.G. Blyth, George Snyder, L.M. Haverstick, L.B. Regna, William A. Johnston, David Myers, S.B. Stoddard and Charles Engel.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County Old Settlers' Association picnic was postponed because the committee forgot to send out notices.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Plans for a $75,000, 2-story auditorium for South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, were announced.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's YMCA had a hand yesterday in saving the life of a 14-year-old Davenport boy bitten by a rattlesnake. When the youth was taken to Mercy Hospital about 9 last night officials began seeking an anti-toxin. The supply in its pharmacy was outdated, and its druggist said the only anti-venom serum in the Quad-Cities was in the Rock Island Y's motor hike truck medicine kit. Dale Holmgrain, boys' director at the Y, took the serum to Mercy Hospital.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Allen Schaefer, a former Moline resident, is one of perhaps a dozen blind persons teaching sighted children in Illinois public schools. Schaefer, a resident of Mazon, teaches 7th- and 8th-grade band and chorus. He has memorized the textbooks he uses and makes use of tapes. Schaefer has been blind for 9 years.

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