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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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