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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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