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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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