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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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