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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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