Day in history for December 8, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
About 60 men are employed at Rock Island Arsenal in the manufacture of infantry equipment, including saddles.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Lightning Medicine Company has leased quarters in Rock Island. The firm is capitalized at $50,000.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Wendell Lund, Augustana College student, denounced the commercialization of college football in a talk before the Kiwanis Club.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Annexation of Maple Grove to the Moline school district was approved by heavy majorities as 335 persons voted in yesterday's referendum in the two districts. The proposition carried in the Moline district, 188 to 18, and in Maple Grove, 124 to 5. Approval of both districts was necessary. With that question settled, the way is now clear for annexation of Mound View and Coal Valley to the Moline school system.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Miss Marlena Scavuzzo, Orion, will be driving a van instead of paddling a canoe, but she'll be a full-fledged member of LaSalle Expedition II when it takes off next August. The expedition involves an 8-month canoe trip retracing LaSalle's explorations of 200 years ago. Miss Scavuzzo's official title will be ``liaison team member,'' and some of her duties will be to drive the van to each place of destination, contact the press, provide food and help in any other way needed.

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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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