Day in history for October 12, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Bellows House is being reshingled.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Ardo W. Mitchell won the handicap cup in the final golf match at the Arsenal links, defeating John D. Cady.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Members of the Rock Island Club voted 65 to 7 to empower the directors to dispose of property and equipment at 218 19th St. to Rock Island Elks Lodge.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Damage is estimated at $10,000 in a fire that raged for six hours destroying 60 tons of baled paper in a metal building at the Riverside Industrial Materials Company, north of Bettendorf. Bettendorf Fire Chief Arthur J. Voelliger said his entire force of 22 firemen was on duty for most of the time. The intense heat from the baled paper, most of it waxed or oiled paper, softened the sheet metal roof and siding of the 28 by 60-foot building, so that it sagged like a wax structure, the chief said.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Silvis City Hall is getting a face lift. The 54-year-old building never has been sandblasted, so the new look has attracted a lot of people's attention. City hall's new look is not confined to the outside only. The Silvis Retired Senior Citizens have received a $6,000 grant to remodel the old library, which was located in the basement, into a lounge and game room. The first floor, which houses the police department was remodeled earlier this year at a cost of $120,000.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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