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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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