Day in history for December 2, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Twigg And Tillard will soon have a new steam saw mill and grist mill in operation at Illinois City.

1900 -- 100 years ago
William O'Neal of Milan has a 130-pound squash on exhibition at his restaurant. It was raised by Robert Adams of the Milan vicinity.

1925 -- 75 years ago
A school for deaf children will be established by the Rock Island board of education.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Bettendorf has withdrawn its petition of intervention in the incorporation of the town of Riverdale. Riverdale is an area of two square miles surrounding the Aluminum Company of America plant. Bettendorf has started action to annex an area of 10 square miles, including the Riverdale section. It had sought to delay the incorporation until its petition of annexation had been heard.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Christmas will come early for Moline this year as Santa Claus gives officials a hand in the opening of Interstate 74. Illinois Governor Dan Walker and Victor Preisser, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, will be the ``official'' interstate openers, but they will be given an assist from Santa Claus. The opening dedication will be held in the southbound lanes of the interstate at the north end of the 7th Avenue interchange, almost directly over 5th Avenue.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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