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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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