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: 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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