Day in history for November 19, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island ladies get up mince pie gatherings; those in Geneseo, plum pudding lunches; but here in Moline we have dime sociables and oyster suppers. They are all good to take.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal is in need of workers for construction of the small arms plant and the base hospital.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Exchange Club will take part in the presentation of a charter to the Quincy, Ill., club.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A sneak audition won a recording contract for Michelle Cotter, Rock Island native, according to a story from the Northwestern University campus paper. Miss Cotter is featured as ``Mickey Carter'' in the novelty record ``I Want a Boyfriend for Christmas,'' backed by ``Under the Mistletoe,'' released recently by Premium Record Corp. of Chicago. The story told how a friend put Miss Cotter's voice on his wire recorder along with that of a man who was slated for an audition. Premium's music director liked her voice better.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Leaders of the Hare Krishna religious sect were conferring in Dallas today on whether to pursue efforts to purchase the defunct Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo. Approximately 600 people attended a special town meeting where the question of whether to let the Hare Krishna sect purchase the academy was discussed.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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