Day in history for October 15, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
At a recent Methodist conference in Moline the committee on tobacco were especially severe in their denunciation of the weed. The declaration they submitted made smoking a terrible sin, but there was no committee that said a word against the itinerant consumption of spring chickens.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council has $40,000 worth of waterworks certificates for sale.

1925 -- 75 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland was elected vice president of the Illinois chamber of commerce for the fifth time.

1950 -- 50 years ago
An automobile owned by Ernest Clifton, Moline, was damaged by fire at 5:40 p.m. yesterday but firemen of Central station didn't have to move more than a few feet to extinguish the blaze. Clifton drove his car to the station when he discovered the front seat afire, apparently from a discarded cigarette.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A federal grant for a pedestrian walkway over Interstate 74 to serve students walking to Jefferson Elementary School, Moline, has been approved by the Department of Transportation. 90 percent of the grant will come from the Federal Highway Administration interstate system funds with the remaining 10 percent to be paid by the state transportation department. Estimated cost of the project is $26,000 and is expected to be completed by next spring.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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