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: 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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