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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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