Day in history for December 16, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Voters of the Port Byron area voted down possible village organization, 67 to 53.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The manufacturing plant of the Lewis Roofing Company in Moline was destroyed by fire.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Ida Stevens was injured when her automobile was struck by a switch engine at the 46th Street crossing.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A burglar who took the time, risk and trouble to break into the Chicago Motor Club, 1223 5th Ave., Moline, early this morning, is going to find out he's an awful chump if he manages to open the safe he stole. Allen W. Fisher, manager of the local club, told police that the only contents of the safe were his personal income tax papers. Police Officer Jean Gellerstadt discovered the rear door of the motor club office open at 3 o'clock this morning.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A 21-year-old Moline resident attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has helped develop the least expensive electronic tennis game to date. Joseph Corkery, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Corkery, Moline, was one of five MIT electrical engineering seniors who developed the tennis game in the institute's Innovation Center. Television Tennis, a box with two hand-operated controls, operates on Channel 3 of any television set and costs only $65.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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