Day in history for November 5, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
David Compson, Moline, paid Squire Swander $18.50. Compson abused his wife unfeelingly, and his fine was light enough.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A certificate of incorporation was filed in the circuit clerk's office for the Moline Pattern and Manufacturing Co. The capital stock is $5,000.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Charles Esplin, Jr., was installed as master councilor of Templar chapter, DeMolay.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Another phase of civilian defense for the Quad-Cities went into operation yesterday with the first practice session of 20 persons who have volunteered their services in the newly organized ground observation corps. The corps, whose purpose it will be to report the presence of unidentified aircraft to the Air Force in time of emergency, set up an observation post atop Moline High School and practiced reporting aircraft.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Louise Biller, cook at the Colona Grade School, stirs the luncheon soup with a three-and-a-half-foot kayak paddle. The paddle represents a solution to the rather sticky problem raised by the school cook last winter. She complained to school board members that she didn't have a ladle long enough to reach the bottom of the school's huge soup kettle. Thrifty board members balked at paying $85 for a super size spoon. Someone spotted the paddle in a catalog priced under $10.

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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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