Day in history for October 9, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Harper is about to put a high and elegant mansard story on his private residence, raise the towers, put in three large bay windows, build a large two-story addition to the rear, and otherwise enlarge and improve the place so that it will be one of the finest-looking and most comfortable residences in Rock Island.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A contract was let by the Rock Island Sash and Door Works for a new $20,000 warehouse to be constructed west of the present quarters on 26th St. and 3rd Ave.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Organization of the Rock Island Industrial Athletic Club was completed with the election of Warren Duffin as president.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Efforts to recover a 700-pound safe believed dumped in the Mississippi River near LeClaire have been abandoned, Scott County authorities said today. They said a new angle will be followed in probing the $1,200 burglary at Paul's Supermarket, north of Bettendorf. The door to the safe was recovered from the river. Immersion in the water made it virtually impossible to obtain fingerprints.

1976 -- 25 years ago
East Moline police reported that an unusual East Moline residence was broken into and the occupant kidnapped. The residence was listed as a rabbit cage, and the occupant was Thumper, a black and white Dutch rabbit owned by Joan Gremonprez. Thumper, a show rabbit Joan used in a 4-H project, is valued at $50.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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