Day in history for October 1, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
M. Kane, stove dealer, Buford's block, has just procured for the Rock Island and Mercer County railroad some fine coal burning heating stoves for the passenger and baggage car.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Captain O.E. McGinley reached home after having been in northern gold fields since May 1900 as master of the steamer, Leah, on the Yukon River.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Headquarters for the Rock Island Community Chest were established in the corner storeroom on the main floor of the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Shopping housewives in the Quad-Cities today found prices on many cuts of beef ranging from 2 to 10 cents higher than they were Saturday. The increases were approved Friday by the office of price administration. Taking a several-cent upward climb were hamburger, round steak, chuck roasts and rib cuts.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Nearly five dozen bridges in rural Henry County are either unsafe for large farm trucks, too narrow for wide farm equipment or unsafe for school buses. Nelson Taber, county highway superintendent, says 59 bridges have state load limits of 15 tons or less, a weight frequently exceeded by large grain-hauling trucks when filled, and several of these are unsafe even for standard 9-ton school buses. Rural bridges are deteriorating faster than they can be repaired because of state manpower reductions, a mushrooming bureaucratic maze and a lack of funds from the local level on up.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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