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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