Day in history for October 21, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island fire ordinance makes provision for a fire warden in each ward, whose duty it shall be to make stated examinations of the buildings in his district, and report any unsafe chimneys or flues to the city council or chief engineer.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Dan McLain, who has been with the D.R.I. And N.W. for the past two years as yardmaster at Davenport, has taken the position of yardmaster for the Rock Island at Eldon, Iowa.

1926 -- 75 years ago
J.W. Armstrong, vice president of the Illinois Oil Company was named to the board of directors of the Rock Island YMCA.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Finding the driver who rammed into a telephone pole on the southeast corner of 9th Street and 5th Avenue, Rock Island, was elementary for Rock Island police. After the crash at 11:38 last night, the motorist drove away. However, he left his front bumper and his license plate. Rock Island police checked the license number and this morning arrested the driver.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Jean Alice Small, vice president of The Moline Dispatch and associate editor of the Kankakee Daily Journal, became the first woman named to the board of directors of the Inland Daily Press Association in the group's 91-year history. Mrs. Small was elected at Inland's annual meeting at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The meeting is being attended by news executives from more than 500 newspapers in the United States and Canada.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.

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