Day in history for September 24, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The enterprising little town of Port Byron is ambitious of city honors. A petition has been received by the county court asking that the town may be incorporated as a village under the laws of the state. An election to decide the matter will be held on Sept. 30.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The lower road projects are being discussed by the Rock Island Retail Merchants Association.

1925 -- 75 years ago
John F. Harris was elected president of the Men's Club at Broadway Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Janet Feirn, 11-year-old-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Feirn, Rock Island, is reported in ``good'' condition today after incurring a fractured left wrist while playing near her home at 5:05 p.m. yesterday. Police, who took the girl to the hospital in a squad car, said she was injured while playing leap frog.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Moline's ban on pinball machines would be partially lifted if the city council adopts a recommendation from its license and franchise committee. The committee Tuesday night recommended to the council that the city's ordinance prohibiting pinball machines be revised to allow the machines in ``family recreation centers.'' The ban on pinball machines was instituted and retained in the past ``because of certain elements that are associated with pinball machines.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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