Day in history for November 23, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
J.H. Baker And Co., Cleveland, have opened a new coal yard on the levee east of Eagle Street. B.J. Perrin will be Rock Island agent.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The population of Rock Island County is 55,249, according to the census board.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Burglars smashed a window to gain entrance to the Samuel Maggid home, and escaped with watches and rings.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Marvel Ingram, a student at United Township High School, East Moline, will play an accordion Sunday on the Morris B. Saks amateur program broadcast over radio station WENR, Chicago. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ingram, 246 17th St., Silvis. The program will be carried from 12:30 to 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon over the Chicago station. Miss Ingram recently won a contest held in Des Moines and as a result filled an engagement at the Oriental Theater in Chicago.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A $133,000 improvement project at Moline's Prospect Park is 90% completed. The pavilion was renovated to its original luster. A shelter is being constructed extending out into the lagoon to be used as a warming house for skaters in the winter and a fishing pier in the summer. Another pleasant touch added is an observation deck that provides an overlook of the park.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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