Day in history for October 27, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Finishing touches are being added to the new wing of the Catholic church in Moline. Father Greve is the church priest.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Thomas VanTuyl has invented a folding cart designed for use of traveling men who have heavy samples to carry.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Alderman J.W. Houder has assumed the office of acting mayor to serve during the absence of Rock Island Mayor W.A. Rosenfield.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The show went on despite a live snake roaming around the stage and a cat capering through the audience during the presentation of ``You Can't Take It With You'' last night in Davenport High School auditorium. The first unrehearsed scene of the play came when Thomas, a restless cat, wandered offstage. Sir Thomas investigated the audience and the play went on minus Thomas. The situation took on more startling proportions when a garter snake escaped from an aquarium on stage.

1975 -- 25 years ago
George Wilken, Moline, has spent 1,200 hours refinishing a hundred-year-old pool table to its original splendor. Its value is estimated at between $12,000 and $15,000. Its cost in 1875 was $325. The Brunswick model, still a famous name in pool tables, has been authenticated by company officials. Wilken received the table from his grandfather, also named George Wilken, a one time mayor of Hampton.

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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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