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 The supply in its pharmacy was outdated, and its druggist said the only anti-venom serum in the Quad-Cities was in the Rock Island Y's motor hike truck medicine kit.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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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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