Day in history for November 27, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The iron for the new city bridge at Rock River has been shipped from Pennsylvania. Construction will begin soon.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A gasoline launch made by John Rentz, Rock Island, was sold to C.H. Deere, Moline, for $2,500.

1925 -- 75 years ago
A stray bullet struck the door of the G.H. Siemon residence in Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A new era in fire fighting has opened for Moline firemen. After years of dousing short-circuited radio sets, they were called to the Robert Nourse residence, 1505 27th St., at 11:15 o'clock last night when a short-circuit developed in a television set. Firemen said the damage was minor.

1975 -- 25 years ago
One questions whether a 1,800 pound rock is exactly what Francis Hajny, East Moline, had in mind when she asked her husband Donald for ``a rock'' for Christmas. But Donald took her literally by finding a large boulder at an excavation site in Horicon, Wisconsin - so the Mrs. will just have to be satisfied with her large rock garden instead of one glittering carat on her finger.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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