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: 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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