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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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