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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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