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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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