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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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