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: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.

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