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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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