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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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