Day in history for December 13, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The local ticket officer of the Peoria And Rock Island railway has been moved to the new depot at the foot of Elk Street.

1900 -- 100 years ago
F.M. Rogers of Rock Island was elected commander of John Buford post, Grand Army of the Republic.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island police officers testified that John Looney's control of the Rock Island police department made possible the murder of William Gabel.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Charges of waste and extravagance in the expenditure of city money to redecorate and refurnish the mayor's office, that of his secretary, a committee meeting room and the city council chambers were leveled at Mayor Hjalmar Oakleaf by Ald. Arthur Allen at last night's Moline City Council meeting. Ald. Allen said, ``The people of Moline are going to be surprised when they learn how their money has been squandered.''

1975 -- 25 years ago
The Dec. 15 issue of Time magazine, in a Time essay, included William A. Hewitt, chairman of Deere And Co., among their selections of men now in private life who might serve the nation as president. Of Hewitt, the magazine says, ``Among the other chief executives who merit consideration by reason of experience, intelligence and conspicuous success in business and civic affairs is Deere And Co.'s William Hewitt.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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