Day in history for December 31, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The supervisors succeeded in slicing Moline township on Friday last. They might have engaged in more profitable business. The idea of forcing the union of Moline and Rock Island is one of those things that can't be accomplished, though the entire county be gobbled by the greedy corporation of Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The promoters of the proposed Tri-Cities Jewish synagogue will hold a meeting to select a site for the building.

1925 -- 75 years ago
M.S. Heagy was re-elected president of the board of directors of the Central Trust And Savings Bank, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
To have one child start walking at the age of 8 months is not too unusual, a Rock Island physician said today, but when four children in a family have taken their first steps at 8 or 9 months of age, that definitely is out of the ordinary. James Patrick Cross, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll L. Cross, Rock Island, is starting to walk a few days short of 8 months old. A sister, Maureen Sue, also began taking steps at 8 months, while a brother, Michael, and another sister, Rita, began walking at 9 months.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Workmen scurried around the new Barstow Post Office trying to complete interior work before the schedule opening. The brick structure on First Avenue will be the community's first permanent post office.

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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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