Day in history for October 20, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Harry C. Cleaveland is running for Rock Island county treasurer on the Republican ticket.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Brakeman Kingsbury of the Rock Island Lines narrowly escaped fatal injuries when he fell between two boxcars.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Charles Esplin, Jr., was elected master councilor of Templar Chapter, Order of DeMolay.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Coal Valley fire district will purchase a 3 horsepower fire siren that can be heard for a distance of three miles, it was announced following a meeting of the district trustees last night. The siren will be purchased from government surplus for $150. Two oxygen respirators and two waterproof canvas covers have arrived and are ready for use. Plans were completed for a banquet to be held for volunteer firemen and their families Nov. 1 in the Coal Valley Presbyterian Church.

1975 -- 25 years ago
An abandoned 2 1/2 story house was destroyed at 14th St. and 6th Ave., Rock Island, and two adjacent structures heavily damaged by fire. Firemen estimated the damage at $50,000 and blamed the cause of the blaze on a 10-year-old boy burning a grasshopper on a piece of paper. The occupants of an adjacent dwelling were made homeless by the fire. Major damage also resulted to the M And W Upholstery Shop.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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