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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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