Day in history for October 2, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The members of the various Tilden Reform Clubs organized with B.H. Kimball in the chair and William H. Blackburn as secretary.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Post Office now has 13 regular mail carriers, an additional carrier having been recently granted by the department at Washington.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Dr. John L. Lindberg, professor of economics at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, paid a formal visit to Augustana College.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A new Rock Island department store, to be called Golden's, will be opened soon, possibly within a month, at 1723-25-27 2nd Ave., Rock Island. The announcement was made today by Benjamin A. Golden, a veteran midwest retailer, who is moving to Rock Island from Chicago to head the enterprise. Mr. Golden emphasized that the store will be entirely home owned and home operated. It will have no affiliation with any chain, he said.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A cigarette carelessly tossed into a bale of hay spawned flames that caused an estimated $40,000 to $50,000 worth of damage to the Mercer County Livestock Auction barn in Viola. Everett Terry, chief of the Viola Volunteer Fire Department said firemen from the Matherville, Aledo, and Greene Township volunteer fire departments fought the blaze for about four and one-half hours before it was entirely extinguished. The fire caused extensive damage to supports and the roof.

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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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