Day in history for December 15, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Trinity Church festival was held in the residence of W.B. Grenelle, Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island fire department purchased a fine black team of horses from Boyd McMichael of Zuma for $350.

1925 -- 75 years ago
East Moline voters rejected consolidation with Moline by a 3 to 1 majority. Moline voters favored consolidation by 13 to 1. To be effective, the measure would have to be carried in both cities.

1950 -- 50 years ago
H.V. ``Shorty'' Almquist, Rock Island high school athletic director and head football coach since 1941, has an appointment in Minnesota tomorrow to talk about the University of Minnesota coaching post with Ike Armstrong, athletic director at Minnesota. Almquist, one of the most successful high school coaches in Illinois, was a former Minnesota star.

1975 -- 25 years ago
There is an interesting mix of Quad-City machinists and students in Black Hawk College's computerized machine tool program. The result is a unique blend of old and new manufacturing arts. The 26 students enrolled in the courses this fall are taught to program computers to manufacture parts. The courses have been taught at Black Hawk since 1967 but until recently the only local industry adopting the advanced technology was the federal government at the Rock Island Arsenal.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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