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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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