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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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