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.

Back: Available days in October 2001




Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






(More History)