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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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