Day in history for December 30, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Policeman Murrin has been placed on beat No. 2, between Madison and Elk streets, Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
A.F. Vinton of Moline suffered a broken collarbone when his buggy team ran away.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The capital stock of the Central Trust And Savings Bank, Rock Island, will be increased from $200,000 to $500,000.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A substantial reduction in retail gasoline prices was announced today, effective at once, by the Standard Oil Company of Indiana, in an effort to meet the competition of independent dealers who have reportedly dropped their prices to as low as 18 cents a gallon in the Moline, East Moline and Silvis area. Representatives of other major gasoline firms in the area said they had no orders for a price reduction yet, but confirmed the ``gas war.''

1975 -- 25 years ago
Hailed as one of the 10 most recession-proof areas in the nation, the Quad-Cities and especially Moline - waltzed through 1975 in healthy economic fashion. There were some ailments, such as 7 percent unemployment and a hesitation in the construction climate, but the area suffered none of the economic plagues that left some areas recalling Depression days. The status noted by Sales Management magazine could be best demonstrated by a 16.7 per cent increase in retail sales in Rock Island County and a 20 percent hike in Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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