Day in history for October 24, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
New officers of the St. Patrick Society are: Michael H. McCarthy, John McCarthy, Ferrence O'Brien, Cornelium Donovan, J.F. Megan, John McMahon and John Driskell.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Judges Adams and Turner declared the Democratic candidacy for the Democratic party for representative in the Thirty-third senatorial district to be vacant.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Fire swept the Plagman Auto Transportation Company garage, Davenport, and destroyed 25 automobiles and trucks at a value of $30,000.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Moline board of education at a special session last night voted unanimously to award contracts for almost $500,000 for construction of two new grade schools, the Alexander Hamilton on 7th Street near 32nd Avenue and the Benjamin Franklin at 14th Avenue and 53rd Street.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Moline school officials have developed a special ``life saving'' course to meet the needs of a sudden influx of Vietnamese refugees and other foreign students. While most American children start school with a 6,000 word vocabulary, the 15 students enrolled in a crash English language course average a command of less than 50 words. The first words used help to cope with everyday life, those used at home and in school, terms for clothing, food, toys and seasons.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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