Day in history for October 5, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Robert Middleham, an early settler in Rock Island County, died. He was injured when thrown from a lumber wagon at Rock Island Arsenal a year ago.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Head Attorney J.W. White of the Modern Woodmen has returned from a trip through Iowa and Missouri.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Burglars stole $20 from the A.J. Cirivello Grocery after entering the store by cutting a hole through the door panel.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Stranded when his boat drifted away from him while he was fishing on the wing dam off the foot of 20th St., Moline, Prosper Bidart, Moline, was rescued about 4:45 p.m. yesterday by a Moline firemen's rescue squad. Richard Bane, a guard on the suspension bridge, notified police, who investigated and found Bidart stranded on the dam.

1975 -- 25 years ago
``I don't know half the people here,'' Bertha Schultz, 91, of Carbon Cliff said of the 36 friends and neighbors who showed up to paint her house. The painting was a community project organized by Irene Speckman and Mr. and Mrs. Homer Kincaid. The painters used 13 gallons of white paint and worked 3 1/2 hours to paint the two-story house. The group indicated they will try to purchase a gas stove for Miss Schultz before winter. She currently relies on a 30-year-old woodburning stove for cooking and heating.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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