Day in history for October 24, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Officers of various Tilden Clubs and their members met in Hillier's Hall with James M. Buford, former Rock Island mayor, presiding.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Cornelius Vanderbilt was in Rock Island with directors of the Rock Island Lines on an inspection tour of the railroad's system.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The newly formed Women's Sports Club of Rock Island, with 23 members, made plans for its first event, a paper chase.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Halloween pranksters, armed with black paint, already are on the prowl in Reynolds, the Rock Island County sheriff's office reported today. The paint was splashed on two houses last night, and some outhouses were tipped over, according to Deputies Joe McGuire and Marvin Schrum. The two deputies went to Reynolds to investigate a complaint by Earl Petit. They were unable to find the pranksters.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A woman having a baby may be an excuse for speeding to the hospital. A Moline woman learned Friday that the same is not true for a cat having kittens. Despite her protestations that she was in a hurry to get home because her cat was about to give birth, she was found guilty in Moline Division of Circuit Court of speeding and fined $21. Associate Judge Edwin Malone ruled that incipient motherhood of Sundown, the expectant cat, did not provide sufficient justification for the woman to be speeding.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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