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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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