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Bettendorf has withdrawn its petition of intervention in the incorporation of the town of Riverdale.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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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