Day in history for October 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A new foundry is being erected at the Buford Plow Works to replace one severely damaged by fire.

1901 -- 100 years ago
More than a hundred Rock Island and Henry County Masons attended the formal opening of the new Odd Fellows and Masons Hall in Coal Valley.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council adopted an ordinance empowering the city to advertise for bids on the municipal tuberculosis sanatorium.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Damage estimated at about $15,000 was caused by a fire in the basement of the Balkan Packing Company plant, 1164 13th Ave., East Moline. The fire was discovered shortly after 5:30 in the evening and is reported to have been caused by a short circuit in a motor of one of the firm's machines. The blaze completely destroyed one meat processing machine and heavily damaged another. The machines cost approximately $4,000 each.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The muddy taste in Quad-Cities water will continue until rainfall freshens the Mississippi River, Moline water department officials say. The bad-tasting water first was noticed three weeks ago, Lloyd Grantz, city water department superintendent said. Rains north of the Quad-Cities are needed if the water taste is to improve. Because the river is so low, decaying vegetation on the river bottom is affecting the water supplies of not just Moline but all communities in the area which get water from the river.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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