Day in history for October 12, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
S.S. Guyer, William Jackson and Frank Boney were named to a committee on credentials at the Republican county convention.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The new railroad bridge to be constructed across Rock River will be 3,700 feet long.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Burglars obtained jewels and cash in raids on the home of James Anderson and August Wilken's Grocery Store in Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Schools in Rock Island County will get a $95,278.96 slice of the $1,992,731.47 certified by Vernon L. Nickell, state superintendent of public instruction for special education work. Programs covered by the state funds include aid for physically handicapped, deaf or hard of hearing, blind and defective vision, speech defects, crippled, cardiac, epileptic and home-bound as well as educable mentally handicapped and maladjusted children.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Three Chicago youths are in the Geneseo jail today facing a number of possible charges after leading police on a chase that reached speeds of 110 miles per hour. State police said the chase began after they were called about a car with four youths which left the Gulf Plaza service station near Atkinson without paying for the gas. The chase ended when the car crashed into the pumps at Bob Klavon's 76 service station in Geneseo.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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