Day in history for October 7, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A petition was presented signed by the Moline Plow Co. and others, asking that G. Bornemann be granted a license to establish and maintain a ferry on the Mississippi River.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The strike at the Argillo Works, Carbon Cliff, ended yesterday by the return of 40 employees who had been out since Friday because the company engaged a fireman for $5 per month less than the scale.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Officers of the Rock Island Welfare Association, headed by M.E. Strieter, were re-elected.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A fire alarm steamed up a lot of excitement on the Augustana Campus. Students spotted ``smoke'' pouring from the southeast corner of the library building roof. They notified college authorities who called firemen. It was reported that the attic of the library contained 25,000 valuable letters from early leaders of the Augustana Church synod. An investigation disclosed the ``smoke'' was merely steam resulting from rain water dripping on steam pipes in the downspouts.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A controversial free ride to Chicago, which East Moline provided the son of then-presidential hopeful R. Sargent Shriver, has come back to haunt city officials. Today police received notice from circuit court in Cook County that they must either pay a $10 fine or appear in court next month to contest a traffic ticket issued to the vehicle.

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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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