Day in history for October 15, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
At a recent Methodist conference in Moline the committee on tobacco were especially severe in their denunciation of the weed. The declaration they submitted made smoking a terrible sin, but there was no committee that said a word against the itinerant consumption of spring chickens.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council has $40,000 worth of waterworks certificates for sale.

1925 -- 75 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland was elected vice president of the Illinois chamber of commerce for the fifth time.

1950 -- 50 years ago
An automobile owned by Ernest Clifton, Moline, was damaged by fire at 5:40 p.m. yesterday but firemen of Central station didn't have to move more than a few feet to extinguish the blaze. Clifton drove his car to the station when he discovered the front seat afire, apparently from a discarded cigarette.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A federal grant for a pedestrian walkway over Interstate 74 to serve students walking to Jefferson Elementary School, Moline, has been approved by the Department of Transportation. 90 percent of the grant will come from the Federal Highway Administration interstate system funds with the remaining 10 percent to be paid by the state transportation department. Estimated cost of the project is $26,000 and is expected to be completed by next spring.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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