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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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