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: 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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