Day in history for October 4, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
There was a small fire in the sawdust at the old Rodman Mills. Damage was slight.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The first frost of the season was a general and killing one throughout the county.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The campaign of the Rock Island Civic Music Association closed with 700 memberships secured.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Public Library will join with libraries in all parts of the United States to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the American Library Association in Philadelphia, Oct. 4, 1876. Governor Adlai E. Stevenson has issued a proclamation urging all citizens and civic organizations to recognize and participate in the occasion. Its object, the governor stated, ``is a restatement of the American heritage in terms of present-day crisis and a stimulation of general thinking on the problem of how to defend our freedom by understanding its origin and its application to the great problems of today.''

1976 -- 25 years ago
Fire believed set by an arsonist swept through a Geneseo warehouse owned by Hedman Anderson and Co. causing about $200,000 damage. Flaming debris was blown from the warehouse, located at West Exchange and North College Ave., across the street, where it started a small fire on the porch of the Flavel Orling residence and cracked windows of the neighboring Alice Brokaw home. The flames destroyed the 7,800 square foot warehouse.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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