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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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