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 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.

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