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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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