Day in history for December 19, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
New officers of Andalusia Lodge 516, A.F And A.M. are: Rinnah Wells, Benjamin Dell, J.H. Britton, John Buffum, A.F. Eckstrom, J.M. Buffum, Joseph Burdick and David Finley.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island and Moline Jews are planning to erect a synagogue in Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Owen B. Wright, principal of Washington Junior High School, was nominated as president of the Rock Island Exchange Club.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Eagle Super Markets have made arrangements to fly Santa Claus into Rock Island in a helicopter and land in the large lot directly across the street from the firm's 11th Street store at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Children from all communities are invited to attend. Santa will distribute treats to all.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A Moline couple in the coin-operated laundry and dry-cleaning business the last 38 years stacked their final box of detergent and are heading for the open road. The years for Harry and Leona Hallberg include the distinction of opening the first coin-operated laundry in the city and being the first business moved for planned redevelopment of downtown Moline. The Hallbergs handed over ownership papers of their Big Boy Laundromat, ending a series of businesses started shortly after they were married in 1938.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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