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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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