Day in history for October 31, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A total of 1,511 students are enrolled in Rock Island public schools, according to J.F. Everett, superintendent.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Construction Company was awarded the contract for the foundation of the new Northern Illinois Normal School at Macomb.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Dr. S.B. Hall will be honored by the University of Iowa for his services as an athlete with the class of 1892.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The weatherman continued to ``treat'' Quad-City residents today, forecasting continued above-normal temperatures after the mercury yesterday bubbled up to 83, an all-time high for the season, which made it seem more like Fourth of July than Halloween. The peak temperature last July 4 was 82. The 5-day extended forecast indicated temperatures will average 10 to 12 degrees above normal.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Moline city officials are trying to find out what happened to the Sylvan Island Bridge. It isn't missing from the foot of 2nd Street, but the contract transferring ownership from the U.S. Army to the city apparently is lost. Last May, the city council authorized Mayor Wendt to request transfer of ownership from the Army to the city for $1. More than four months later, the deal has not been completed, and a search of the mayor's office to locate the contract proved fruitless.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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