Day in history for October 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Bell of LaCrosse blew out both ends of one of its cylinders just after the craft went through the draw of the Rock Island bridge.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Stockholders of the Tri-City Railway Company reelected E.E. Cook, Davenport, president; F.C. Denkmann, Rock Island, vice president, and J.F. Lardner, secretary-general manager.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Nearly $11,000 was pledged in the first day of the drive toward the 1926 Community Chest goal of $66,000.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Television has a new code of ethics which permits performers to say damn or hell, if they have to, but makes the plunging neckline strictly taboo if it would offend home viewers. Jokes about traveling salesmen and farmer's daughters are out-of-bounds along with such words as nuts and nertz. The code was adopted yesterday by the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Nearly 2,000 cheering members of the striking United Auto Workers union voted overwhelming support for their negotiators in talks currently suspended with Deere And Co. The Deere strike, idling some 27,000 workers in six states, 7,800 of them in the Quad-Cities, is in its third week. Union negotiators briefed the members on the latest Deere proposal for a new three-year contract, and heard elements of the union's counterproposal.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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