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 estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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