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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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