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: 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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