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: 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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