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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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