Day in history for December 3, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
One of the more substantial improvements ever undertaken in Moline is that for protecting the factories in the east part of town against fire. The question comes up for answer ``If it pays the manufacturers to protect themselves, why would it not pay the city to protect itself?''

1900 -- 100 years ago
The first telephone directory in the Quad-Cities has been completed, the Central Union Telephone Company announced.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mayor E.H. Dunavin was elected president of the Rock Island County Chapter, Reserve Officers Association.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Lightning struck the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 7th Avenue and 18th Street, Moline, shortly before noon today, but apparently caused little damage. Officials of the cathedral said the building is protected by lightning arrestor equipment which they believe was instrumental in grounding the bolt.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The children's room at East Moline Public Library has been named the Dawson Room in honor of Lee O. Dawson, retiring after 45 years on the library board. The retired superintendent of United Township High School was appointed to the library board May 5, 1930, by the late Charles F. Carpentier. Dawson was also the first president of the Black Hawk College Board.

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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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