Day in history for December 4, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Sarah E. Eldridge, the first white child born in Davenport, died. She was a daughter of Duncan C. and Rebecca Eldridge, early Davenport settlers.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The first motorcycle has arrived in Rock Island. Its speed averages 15 miles per hour and the machine is retailed at $350.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Burglars obtained $500 in merchandise from the Lathin Brothers Sporting Goods Store in Moline.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Thanks to the mailman and a pair of inept purse-snatchers, Asa Denaker, Moline, got her purse and nearly $600 back. Denaker was walking when a youth grabbed her purse and escaped in an auto driven by a second person. Apparently the purse-snatchers were in a hurry, and discarded the purse in a mail box, without finding the $590 tucked into a side pocket. Mailman Albert ``Skeets'' Hellebuyck found the purse on his daily rounds and turned it over to police.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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