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: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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