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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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