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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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