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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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