Day in history for October 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Harry C. Cleaveland is running for Rock Island county treasurer on the Republican ticket.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Brakeman Kingsbury of the Rock Island Lines narrowly escaped fatal injuries when he fell between two boxcars.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Charles Esplin, Jr., was elected master councilor of Templar Chapter, Order of DeMolay.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Coal Valley fire district will purchase a 3 horsepower fire siren that can be heard for a distance of three miles, it was announced following a meeting of the district trustees last night. The siren will be purchased from government surplus for $150. Two oxygen respirators and two waterproof canvas covers have arrived and are ready for use. Plans were completed for a banquet to be held for volunteer firemen and their families Nov. 1 in the Coal Valley Presbyterian Church.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An abandoned 2 1/2 story house was destroyed at 14th St. and 6th Ave., Rock Island, and two adjacent structures heavily damaged by fire. Firemen estimated the damage at $50,000 and blamed the cause of the blaze on a 10-year-old boy burning a grasshopper on a piece of paper. The occupants of an adjacent dwelling were made homeless by the fire. Major damage also resulted to the M And W Upholstery Shop.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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