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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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