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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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