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 new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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