Day in history for December 1, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Gussie Forselius of Geneseo, Martha VanMeter of Moline and Julia Anderson were named vice presidents of the Illinois Soldiers Orphans Home at Normal, Ill.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island and Moline men signified a willingness to make a twin-city affair of the erection of a permanent football park in Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Fire damage totaled $20,000 to stock and the building of the Zimel Fruit Company, 1514-1516 First Ave., Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
An auto prowler took 110 gloves, valued at $200, from a parked car in downtown Rock Island yesterday but he's in for a headache when he tries to wear or sell his loot. Patrick R. Conaghan, a salesman from Columbus, Ohio, told police the gloves are samples only and all for the left hand. Conaghan said the prowler pried open the trunk of his car while it was parked on 19th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

1975 -- 25 years ago
High winds damaged a gear in the swing span of the Rock Island Arsenal bridge, closing the span to auto and rail traffic and blocking nine towboats with barges. The bridge was swung open manually, and the river jam began clearing. Arsenal authorities were not sure how long it would take to repair the bridge.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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