Day in history for October 13, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Six fires have been set in the past week by incendiaries.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The parsonage of Grace Lutheran Church, 44th St. and 7th Ave., Rock Island, was partially destroyed by fire, damage estimated at $1,400.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Charles E. Whelan of Madison, Wis., was appointed editor and publisher of The Modern Woodman, magazine of the Modern Woodmen of America, to succeed the late John F. Harris.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Next Thursday, Oct. 18, 1951, The Argus will begin its second century. Today, The Argus marks the near completion of its first 100 years by publishing an 80-page centennial issue. The centennial will be observed also by the holding of open house at The Argus next Tuesday and Wednesday, to which readers and other friends of The Argus are invited. The co-publishers will be hosts to Argus employes and their wives and husbands at a dinner Thursday evening. The Argus is the oldest newspaper in the Quad-Cities and one of the oldest dailies in Illinois.

1976 -- 25 years ago
After five days of negotiations with friends and neighbors, a Coal Valley tomcat has agreed to come down from his 40-foot perch in a Chinese Elm tree. It is not known for certain whether the shaking of a cat-food sack aided in bringing bargaining to a close, but Skipper, belonging to six-year-old Robbie Hodson, again is going about his business with paws planted firmly on the ground.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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