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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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