Day in history for December 18, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
New officers of Rock Island Council No. 20, Royal and Select Masters, are: J.W. Mathews, H. Burgower, George H. Osborn, W.L. Sweeney, H.C. Cleaveland, William King, A.J. Swanson and Thomas Thornton.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Lines has secured an option on property located at the north side of 5th Avenue between 30th and 31st streets, Rock Island. A new passenger station will be constructed there.

1925 -- 75 years ago
W.E. Wendel of Rock Island was re-elected president of the Illinois division of the street car operators' union.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Youngsters in the Iowa Hospital School for Severely Handicapped Children at Iowa City have received a television set as an early Christmas gift from 20 businessmen of the Quad-Cities. Because of their physical handicaps the 29 pupils are confined to their school building and see little of outside life or activities.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A potentially tragic explosion was averted in Moline by a service station manager's hunch that something was wrong. A shipment of 2,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline delivered during the night was mistakenly dumped into the partially filled fuel oil tank at the Martin Oil Co. station. City officials spent a frantic two hours in a successful search for Mrs. John Barker, Moline, who unknowingly purchased the deadly mixture.

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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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