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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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