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 are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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