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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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