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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