Day in history for December 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
William N. Jarvis has been appointed station agent for the Peoria And Rock Island Railway. He succeeds H.J. Lowrey, who retired.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rosenfield brothers, Rock Island plumbers, purchased the old Crispy Cracker factory building on 3rd Avenue for $6,500.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Dr. Stanley A. Wiggins was elected president of the Rock Island County Dental Association.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Automobiles running out of gasoline are more or less common, but when two Davenport City Lines buses ran out of gas this morning a number of office-going workers and holiday shoppers were left stranded and puzzled over the reason. Line officials said the cause was a breakdown in the gas supply tanks at the East River Street garage in Davenport. It was reported that many buses were sent out this morning with near empty tanks.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An explosion tore through a building at the Clinton Foods Processing Plant, leaving at least 12 people injured and possibly trapping others. The blast occurred at the plant's Refinery No. 3, where workers were changing shifts at about 7:45 a.m. Police sealed off the area around the processing plant shortly after the explosion. Investigators said the explosion apparently involved chlorine gas or gas fumes. The Clinton Foods Plant employs about 1,500 people.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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