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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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