Day in history for May 24, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A Rock Island Lines passenger train was thrown from the track by a misplaced switch about a block east of the horse railroad stables.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Policeman Andrew Etzel was made electrician of Rock Island to succeed William Dickman.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mary E. Krull, Rock Island, was commissioned a state lecturer for the Order of Eastern Star.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Contracts for a new half-million dollar elementary school on North Division Street, Davenport, were awarded by the Davenport school board within 30 minutes after the bids were opened last night. All contracts, having an total of $531,645, were awarded to Davenport firms. Tunnicliff Construction Co., low bidder for the general contract, said excavation work will start this week. The building is expected to be ready for use by the fall of 1951. Harold J. Williams, superintendent of schools, said the speedy action on contracts was taken to save construction time.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A garage owned by George J. Heene, Moline, was demolished when a city garbage truck rolled down an incline into the building. The truck driver and another worker were out of the vehicle when its brakes malfunctioned and it rolled down the hill. Estimated damage to the garage was $4,000.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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