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: 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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