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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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