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 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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