Day in history for November 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The new 140-foot chimney at Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann's saw mill has been completed. The builder was Peter Farrell.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Principal J.F. Darby of Rock Island High School will referee the Minnesota-Northwestern football game.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The light committee of the Rock Island city council recommended installation of 41 new street lights at a cost of $1,000.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Burlington Railroad officials were puzzled today as to the cause of the train wreck in Erie yesterday when 30 cars of a fast freight piled up on a 150-foot section of track. Two wreckers, one from Galesburg and the other from Aurora, are still busy clearing the debris, a job that will take about 36 hours. Unofficial reports by several persons who hurried to the crash site were that a switch from the main line onto a passing track jarred loose and caused a derailment.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The selection process for an architect to design the proposed 5th Avenue mall downtown Moline got under way. A joint committee of public officials and private businessmen was formed with Earl H. Beling, president of the First Moline Neighborhood Redevelopment Corp., chairman. The redevelopment group proposed a five block pedestrian mall for the area bounded by 4th and 6th Avenues and 19th and 15th Streets.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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