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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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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