Day in history for October 23, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Work has commenced on the foundation of an addition to James S. Gilmore's pork house on 1st Avenue, Rock Island.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A fire in the Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann lumber yards near 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, partially destroyed two piles of lumber.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Employees of the McCabe Drygoods Company, Rock Island, and the Kewanee Drygoods Company, Kewanee, attended a booster banquet and program in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Only bird nests were destroyed by fire at the Moburg Motor Sales, East First Street, Geneseo, when an alarm sent Geneseo firemen to the scene. It was reported that workmen took down an old metal fire escape earlier in the day, using torches to cut the metal. Ancient bird nests in the structure and building walls burned and smouldered throughout the afternoon. The smoke caused a belief that the building was on fire.

1976 -- 25 years ago
About 50 times a year, Max Shock selects a half-dozen ``friends'' from the back porch of his Moline home, wrestles them into cloth bags and carts them off to a school, church or civic group to illustrate his favorite message: You shouldn't kill snakes. Shock really believes in that message. He keeps about 30 snakes right in his home, and has another 40 or so snakes and other reptiles on display at Niabi Zoo. ``Once you understand them there's really nothing to be scared of,'' he says.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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