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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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