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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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