Day in history for October 28, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Haller has laid drain pipes from his cellar down Bass Street to the river; it was quite a job for him to undertake, but he has done so and made a success of it.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Mayor Knox and Chief of Police Darnell were both out of the city on business.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island board of park commissioners voted to purchase two strips of property adjoining Lincoln Park on the east for $6,500.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Stevie Orendorff, 2, of Moline, soloed in the family automobile yesterday afternoon. He steered the car away from in front of the family residence, aimed it down the roadway leading from the house and, finally, into a gulley. The youngster finished the wild, 100-yard ride into the ravine without a scratch, and the car came out in good shape considering the rough treatment it was given.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Honkie is a ground-bound goose with a bad case of freeloaders foot. The Heritage Lake goose has worn his landing gear to the bone while pounding the pavement in search of handouts, forcing curtailment of his usual round of daily panhandling. A local veterinarian, after taking a gander at Honkie's frazzled feet, said he'd have to be kept off the sidewalks and streets for awhile. The white goose's condition, which could cause him to bleed to death if untreated, is caused by the sandpaper effect of pavement on his delicate feet.

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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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