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: 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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