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: 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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