Day in history for November 30, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Fire hydrants are protected with sawdust this winter, and empty barrels have been placed over them.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The census bureau announced that the official Rock Island population for 1900 is 19,493, a gain of 6,000 over 1890.

1925 -- 75 years ago
W.C. Grant was elected president of the Rock Island Kiwanis Club.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Representatives of the Quad-Cities, Milan, Silvis and Bettendorf, appointed by the mayors of the respective communities, will meet at 7:30, Dec. 8, in the Rock Island City Hall for the purpose of organizing a metropolitan road authority to give consideration to major street developments for the entire area. The group is expected to organize and discuss both primary road and arterial street systems and their prospective developments and other subjects of mutual interest.

1975 -- 25 years ago
First Lutheran Church of Moline, which has the distinction of having what is believed to be the first church bell in a Swedish church in this country, will celebrate its 125th anniversary Dec. 6-7. First Lutheran Church, one of the oldest churches in the community, is rich in tradition. The first church was a small wooden structure, 15 feet high and 36 feet long, built on the church's present site in 1850, a year after the City of Moline was incorporated.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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