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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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