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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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