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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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