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 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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