Day in history for October 14, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Sylvan Boat Club has adopted a club badge by which the members may hereafter be designated. It is of gold, two spoon oars over the crossing of which rests a handsome monogram composed of S.B.C. and the whole supported by a cable in the form of a ring. It is a beauty.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Gunnar G. Swann, a solicitor in the employ of the Illinois Bell Telephone Company, was struck in the head with a screen that dropped from a fourth-story window of the Harper House this morning and escaped without a scratch. The only injury done was to his hat, which was crushed.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island gained 8.1 percent in industrial employment during September.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A 17-year-old youth was fined $15 and costs in Davenport police court on a charge of speeding and racing with his hot rod automobile. Judge John McSwiggin issued a warning to all other youthful hot rod drivers. The judge declared that if cases of this type involving young drivers continue to come into his court, he will start suspending driver's licenses of the traffic violators.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's sex education program will remain intact, and ``Go Ask Alice'' will stay on library shelves as a result of school board action. Although the board rejected motions to alter the sex education program and ban the book, both matters apparently will be reviewed by a committee.

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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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