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: 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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