Day in history for December 14, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
New officers of Philo Masonic Lodge at Port Byron are: John W. Herbert, J.S. Knowles, Thomas Jennings, J.C. Wainwright, John Shafer, A.J. Rowe, William Bryant, Casper Morrow and John Beal.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Sister Mary Michael was appointed superior at St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island, succeeding Sister Angela.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Isador Katz, Augustana oratorical representative, placed fifth in the Illinois intercollegiate contest at Eureka.

1950 -- 50 years ago
E. Lee Siemon, Rock Island, supervisor of the Rock Island key point air raid warning center, which will serve eight counties, today received the official system to be followed throughout Illinois for alerting the public to enemy air raids. A 24-hour service telephone already has been established in an undisclosed location in Rock Island for handling any emergency or test calls in connection with the civil defense control.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Though their own children have long since married and left home Mr. and Mrs. Vic Dykema, Lyndon, Ill., still find their house overflowing with the raucous, good natured sounds of kids growing up. The youth of this community regularly filter into the Dykema residence to hang out in the non-profit, game-filled youth center the couple has established in the basement.

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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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