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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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