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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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