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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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