Day in history for December 23, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
C.H. Stoddard, city engineer, and his assistants, G.H. Boynton, James McElherne, Charles Harrold and Charles Stoddard, have commenced work on the survey for a route for the Chicago, Millington And Western narrow gauge railway to reach Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Red Cross Medical Association of Rock Island and South Rock Island was incorporated under the laws of Illinois.

1925 -- 75 years ago
John P. Looney, former underworld ruler in Rock Island, was found guilty of the murder of William Gabel in Knox County circuit court and was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A ``real'' Christmas dinner will be served to prisoners in the Rock Island county jail at noon Christmas day, it was stated by Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman. At present 36 are confined in the institution. The Christmas noon menu includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, cranberries, cabbage salad, lima beans, celery, cake and coffee.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Telephone operators at the MetroCom communications center at the Moline Emergency center will be relocated in an effort to improve the system. Operators will be relocated next to radio dispatchers to expedite communications between the two groups. Telephone operators currently are located in a separate room and use teleprinters to transmit messages to the radio dispatchers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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