Day in history for December 29, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Commercial Travelers Association will have its fourth annual reunion and ball at the Newcomb House, Davenport.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The plant of Swift And Co., Davenport, has received the first automobile in the Tri-Cities to be used as a delivery truck. It is propelled by storage batteries.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Fire destroyed the new $10,000 home of James Spargo in Coal Valley.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Marcus Lerch, 226 53rd St., Moline, received an honorable mention today from the Burlington Liar's Club, sponsor of the annual yarn-spinning contest. Lerch told this heat wave story: ``It got so hot down here last summer that the ground got just like concrete. In fact, the earth was baked so hard that people working in their gardens had to give the weeds a shot of oil down along the roots before they could pull them.''

1975 -- 25 years ago
About 200 senior citizens spent a frigid 20 minutes in the snow today when a telephone bomb threat forced evacuation of the Lend-A-Hand Building, Davenport. At 12:07 p.m. a young male caller said the bomb was going off at 12:10 p.m. in the kitchen. About 200 people were eating at the center and all were herded into the noonday snowstorm while police searched the building. No explosives were found and the senior citizens returned to finish a cold meal.

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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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