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: 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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