Day in history for October 26, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Cornelius Lane, Davenport, was accidentally shot in the neck while working at Rock Island Arsenal.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Black bass fishing is the best ever seen in this area. Anyone dropping a line can bring home a heavy string of fish.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. A.J. Hollingsworth was called to the pulpit at Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Eighty settings of silverware, including 240 knives, forks and spoons, were stolen from the dining room of Augustana seminary between 11:30 o'clock last night and 6:30 o'clock this morning, according to a Rock Island police report. The value of the silverware was placed at about $70. This was the second theft from the Augustana campus in two consecutive nights, valuables, mostly jewelry, valued at about $300, having been stolen from rooms in the Women's building of the college Tuesday evening.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Residents of Carbon Cliff face a severe water shortage for about the next 48 hours. Lightning struck the pump motors, cutting the flow of water to the tower. The pump motors will be out of commission for at least 24 to 48 hours because they must be rewired. New pumps were sought, but none were available. Residents are asked to conserve water and to boil it before use.

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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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