Day in history for November 15, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The old railroad embankment for the first track across Rock Island Arsenal grounds is being removed.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Fifteen carloads of government mules, shipped from Washington, D.C., and bound for the Philippines, passed through Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Frank C. Huntoon resigned as a member of the board of police and fire commissioners to take up active naval duty.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A Davenport man is in jail today because of ``Indian giving.'' He allegedly presented a watch to his girlfriend (now former) for a birthday present, then took it back after an argument. When he refused to return it, she filed larceny charges. A judge told him to return the watch or go to jail. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A proposal for operating a commercial ski area in Longview Park, Rock Island, has been dropped. Attorney James J. Gende, Moline, representing a group of local businessmen investigating the project, announced that negotiations between his clients and the city have been terminated. The Rock Island Park And Recreation Board instigated the investigation of having a enterprise lease a portion of the park to operate a ski area. Considerable opposition erupted from citizens and members of city council.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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