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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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