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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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