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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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