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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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