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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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