Mark Zimmerman, owner of Zimmerman Honda, talks with RoseAnn and Jim Hass on Thursday evening after conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new Honda location at John Deere Road and 70th Street, Moline. Zimmerman, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, moved to the new $10 million building in August. The 43,000-square-foot building has environmentally friendly heating provided by waste oil, heated sidewalks, waiting lounges with a computer center that has wifi access, 27 service bays, three-lane ‘Express Lube’ oil change stations, expanded hours in all departments and expanded shuttle services. A public grand opening is being held today and Saturday with football games on big-screen TVs, a cookout, face painting, a photo booth, prizes and pumpkins for kids. There will be a football throwing contest, with the winner getting a 24-month lease on a new Honda Civic.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.