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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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