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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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