Day in history for November 16, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Willardson was killed when a well he was digging on the Milan Road caved in.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Plans are being completed for the Iowa-Northwestern football game to be held Thanksgiving day at 12th Street Park, Rock Island. A crowd of 10,000 people is expected.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island County Farm Bureau executive committee endorsed a plan for Farmer's Mutual crop insurance.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Fire which broke out about 3:30 this morning leveled a storage shed at the rear of Maxie's Night Club, completely destroyed a stock of liquor which was stored in the shed and killed a riding horse which was housed in the small building. The night club, owned by Max O'Klock, is located on 23rd Avenue at 19th Street, south of the East Moline city limits. Cause of the blaze is unknown.

1975 -- 25 years ago
With a flash, a roar and a splash, the 84-year-old Fulton-Lyons bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River. Open July 4, 1891, the bridge was the second longest continuous truss bridge in North America. The second 329-foot span fell recently, and the remaining sections will be dropped when the river season closes. The toll bridge has been closed several months since the completion of the new Fulton-Clinton bridge.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.

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