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Bettendorf has withdrawn its petition of intervention in the incorporation of the town of Riverdale.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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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