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: 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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