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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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