Day in history for December 5, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A new passenger house has been ordered constructed in Rock Island by the Peoria Railroad.

1900 -- 100 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland was elected a director of the Central Trust and Savings Bank to take the place of L.S. McCabe.

1925 -- 75 years ago
C.E. Leffler was elected noble grand of Ucal Lodge, Odd Fellows.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Operation Merry Christmas. That's what employes of the Jim Kittler Motor Company, Moline, call their repair and refinishing of old toys that Moline residents have donated for children who are less fortunate this Christmas season. Ten men and five office girls are donating their evenings and Saturday afternoons to redecorate, redress and reclaim old dolls, toy trucks and other play-things. The Kittler firm is furnishing the paint and material.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A hole-in-one in December? In the upper Mississippi Valley? Yesterday's balmy winter weather encouraged Circuit Judge Joe Carpentier of East Moline to play another round of golf. Carpentier made the most of his late-season opportunity by sinking a hole in one on the 120 yard 16th hole at Short Hills Country Club. Witnesses to Carpentier's first ace of his career were Lee Finke and Bob Nourse, both of Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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