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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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