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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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