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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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