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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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