Day in history for October 31, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A displaced rail caused the pay train of the Peoria Road to jump the track about two and-a-half miles east of Milan, turning the engine and pay car over on their sides.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The hydraulic dredge used by the Peoples Power Company in deepening the channel in Sylvan water has been fitted with electric lights and a telephone and is now working night and day.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Harold Speckman, author and artist, and his artist wife who are traveling down the Mississippi River, moored their houseboat in Sylvan Slough for a few days.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Stanley E. Weinstein, Rock Island, has been named chairman of badge sales for the 41st annual homecoming of the University of Illinois. Highlight of the weekend at the school where homecoming originated in 1910 will be the Illinois-Iowa football game the afternoon of Nov. 10.

1976 -- 25 years ago
As Robert Smith celebrated his last day at work, retiring after 48 years with the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Co., he ended a family tradition. Smith's great-grandfather was an engineer on the Pennsylvania-Reading Railroad. His grandfather was an engineer for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and his father was a journeyman machinist on the Rock Island. Smith, also a machinist, says his son, Jack, was an electrical apprentice for the Rock Island, but left the trade to take a job with Deere And Co.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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