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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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