Day in history for October 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Rockford Railroad was transferred to the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and General N.J.T. Dana was ordered to Rock Island as general superintendent.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A new Jewish organization known as the B'nai Jacob congregation has been formed in Rock Island with A. Rudkowsky as president.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The payroll of the International Harvester Works at 4201 5th Ave., Rock Island, has been doubled since the factory was opened for operation and nearly four hundred men are now employed in the plant.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A Moline couple narrowly escaped serious injury early today when a 55-pound slab of concrete was hurled through a bedroom window at their residence. Moline police said they were unable to determine a reason for the attack. In Moline Public Hospital with an extensive laceration over her right eye and other cuts from the shattered window is Mrs. Lois Mitchell, 826 16th Ave., Rock Island County home advisor. Her husband, Edward, a commercial teacher at Reynolds High School, incurred less serious cuts on his head and face.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Beginning Sunday, East Moline firemen will be the first in the Quad-Cities to work a 42-hour week instead of the traditional 56 hours. Firefighters won the work week reduction during contract negotiations last month. The city council approved the shorter week on a six-month trial basis.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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