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Bettendorf has withdrawn its petition of intervention in the incorporation of the town of Riverdale.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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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