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 store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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