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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