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: 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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