Day in history for October 27, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
L.E. Saulpaugh of the contracting firm of Reynolds, Saulpaugh and Company has returned from Cincinnati where the firm completed its contract for building the Ohio River railroad bridge.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Burlington Railroad abolished the office of general agent in Davenport and the affairs of the office were returned to the jurisdiction of H.D. Mack, division freight and passenger agent in Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Carl A. Hallgren of Rock Island was appointed general chairman for the 71st annual conclave of the grand commandery, Knights Templar of Illinois, to be held in Rock Island in 1927.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Seventeen new fire alarm boxes were put in operation in Silvis today. The boxes were installed by Harrington Signal Co., Moline, at a cost of $2,125 and will be paid for by the city over a period of two years. The old boxes will be cleaned and repaired and sold to fire departments in nearby villages.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline park board officials are renewing efforts to make $100,000 worth of improvements to Beling Park, 14th Street and Black Hawk Road. Park superintendent, Alan Efflandt, said the board is seeking to extend the current lease on the property, owned by Earl H. Beling. The park board has leased the property for $50 per year since 1963 but has put off making substantial investments in the property because the city does not own the land.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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