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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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