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: 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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