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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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