Day in history for December 22, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Roswell P. Dart has purchased the interest of George Hakes in the paper mill at Milan and becomes joint owner of the property with J.S. Drake of The Argus.

1900 -- 100 years ago
M.A. Loeb, Walter A. Rosenfield and W.A. Sweeney are planning a special entertainment for members of the Rock Island Club.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Three Rock Island men confessed they robbed the Zimel Fruit Company and then set the building afire, causing damage of $22,000.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Neighbors, firemen and police combined last night to prevent a possible explosion of a faulty oil burner in a residence occupied by a 71-year-old man who was sound asleep. Saved from a possible explosion was Ralph A. Temple, 1830 33rd St., Rock Island, who was aroused only after determined pounding on his bedroom windows and shining of a powerful spotlight on his face.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Though it's paint is peeling and honey bees haunt it's summit The Missile still stands in tribute to the beliefs of it's builder, Keith Southwick. The now graffiti-scarred monument will continue to guard the Rock River from it's site on a tall wooded bluff eight miles northwest of Geneseo. The missle reaches 45 feet into the sky, and tapers from 10 feet in diameter at the base to 18 inches at the top.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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