Day in history for December 17, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Moline Plow Co., as one of the large industries of this city, employs 150 men who are heads of families, 50 who are single, and employs 25 boys, in all 225. The payroll amounts to between $11,000 and $12,000 per month. Who says the mechanics of Moline are not well paid?

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island ambulance answered five calls in one day, a record day of business.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Allouez Council, No. 658, Knights of Columbus, will re-establish Boy Scout troops in four Catholic parishes in Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A.L. Paustian, 1323 Grant St., Bettendorf, was reported in fairly good condition today at his home after having incurred a severe gash in his left arm Saturday while cutting the base of a Christmas tree to fit into a stand. He was using a knife to cut off a twig and the knife slipped. Eighteen stitches were taken to close the gash.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Moline aldermen have opened access to one of the city's newest parks by approving purchase of the bargain basement priced Sylvan Island bridge. Aldermen gave Mayor Earl L. Wendt authority to sign an Army agreement transferring the bridge to the city for $1. The old steel bridge is closed to vehicular traffic because of its dilapidated condition and only pedestrians and bicyclists now use the structure.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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