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: 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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