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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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