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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
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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