Day in history for October 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
With an estimated 2,000 torches, the Democratic torchlight procession was the largest ever seen in Rock Island.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Street car power was mysteriously cut off for half an hour and all linemen in the employ of the company failed to locate the cause of the trouble.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Miss Ada M. Barker, secretary of the Rock Island Welfare Association, was elected president of the Central Council of Social Agencies of Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County deputy sheriffs have been asked to keep their eyes peeled for a chicken, three dozen eggs and a pair of children's shoes. Robert A. Deamer, 338 15th Ave., Moline, told the sheriff's office the articles were taken from his car last night at the Quad-City Airport. Deamer didn't say whether the chicken was alive or ready for the frying pan.

1976 -- 25 years ago
State Fire Inspector Bud Miller, Galesburg, is investigating the fire that destroyed the historic barn in Illiniwek Forest Preserve. The big red barn, located near the Mississippi River at Illiniwek, was built in 1842 for use as a grist mill in Rapids City. The building was due to get a new coat of paint the same day it burned. The fire loss was estimated at $70,000 to $75,000 for the building and contents. The barn was used to store Rock Island County equipment.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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