Day in history for November 22, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Thirty-five Cordova voters petitioned the Rock Island County court asking an election on the possibility of village organization.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island's new library will be constructed within a year as a result of a $50,000 loan and a $10,000 donation by Frederick Weyerhaeuser.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Bennett H. Hendren, Rock Island, was knocked unconscious by a bandit who represented himself as a meter reader.

1950 -- 50 years ago
An ostrich created quite a stir at the Railway Express office in Davenport. In a large crate, with a hole in the top for the bird to stick out its head, the long-necked ostrich made itself at home at the express office pending arrival of its owner. Because the bird had a value of $350, and was shipped collect to a Davenporter, there were rumors the bird's arrival might be a Thanksgiving hoax. It was all settled, however, when Wendell Hanson, a bird trainer, claimed his ostrich today.

1975 -- 25 years ago
East Moline firefighters have more than fires to fight. The city's No. 2 Fire Station is sinking. The station floor at 1523 Morton Drive has sunk about an inch since the building was occupied in May 1974, causing walls to crack, floors to pull away from walls and preventing doors from closing. Two options are open to the city. Either a mudjacking machine to push it up or pour a concrete cap over the existing floor.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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