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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