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 store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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