Day in history for October 7, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
George H. Parker has retired from the board of the Citizens National Bank. Thomas W. McClelland has been named to succeed the post.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The proprietor of the Eldorado Saloon, Rock Island, announced its opening with free lunch and music.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Axel Johnson, Rock Island, narrowly escaped death when his auto plunged over a bridge and buried him in a muddy creek.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The arrest late yesterday of four Rock Island youths has cracked a ring which took 62 cases of canned beer from a Rock Island firm in the past three months, police said today. Police said three of the youths were employed at A.D. Huesing Bottling Works, 100 14th St., Rock Island, from where the beer was stolen. The fourth youth reportedly was the ``fence'' for the stolen beer and disposed of it at low prices to the employes of the Rock Island Millwork Co., 2525 4th Ave., where he was employed.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A black, oily substance flowed out of a storm drain in the Moline pool of the Mississippi River near the foot of 20th Street. Lloyd Grantz, superintendent of the Moline Water Department, said there is no cause for alarm as the pollutant has dispersed, and the quality of city water has not been affected by the substance. The source of storm drain pollution is difficult to trace, said Grantz.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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