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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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