Day in history for October 5, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Much complaint is made of damage done by cows running at large, breaking down fences, breaking open gates and doors, injuring shade trees, getting into lots and gardens, and damaging everything in their way.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Work on the new Rock Island Fifth Avenue passenger station has been begun by C.J. Larkin, who has the sub-contract for the masonry work.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island will have the first exclusively Masonic burial ground in the Quad-City vicinity in development of a section of the new Memorial Park Cemetery.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Television viewing has become part of the curriculum at Rock Island High School, at least during the world series. Students are being excused from study hall sessions and from the study half of classes to watch the Yankees and Giants in action. Two 20-inch screen sets are mounted on the stage of the auditorium for the series. Almost half the student body saw the final playoff game.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The East Moline City Council has agreed to lease a new police radio system, despite protests it would be more economical to purchase it. The new system, leased from Motorola, includes 17 portable radios, a transmitter, three receivers and related equipment. The city will pay a $2,370 installation fee and a $937 monthly lease fee. Total cost for the five-year term will be about $58,000.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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