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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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