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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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