Day in history for November 22, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Thirty-five Cordova voters petitioned the Rock Island County court asking an election on the possibility of village organization.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island's new library will be constructed within a year as a result of a $50,000 loan and a $10,000 donation by Frederick Weyerhaeuser.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Bennett H. Hendren, Rock Island, was knocked unconscious by a bandit who represented himself as a meter reader.

1950 -- 50 years ago
An ostrich created quite a stir at the Railway Express office in Davenport. In a large crate, with a hole in the top for the bird to stick out its head, the long-necked ostrich made itself at home at the express office pending arrival of its owner. Because the bird had a value of $350, and was shipped collect to a Davenporter, there were rumors the bird's arrival might be a Thanksgiving hoax. It was all settled, however, when Wendell Hanson, a bird trainer, claimed his ostrich today.

1975 -- 25 years ago
East Moline firefighters have more than fires to fight. The city's No. 2 Fire Station is sinking. The station floor at 1523 Morton Drive has sunk about an inch since the building was occupied in May 1974, causing walls to crack, floors to pull away from walls and preventing doors from closing. Two options are open to the city. Either a mudjacking machine to push it up or pour a concrete cap over the existing floor.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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