Day in history for November 1, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The second Illinois District Sunday School Convention is being held at Central Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, with about 150 delegates present.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County Medical Society was formed at a meeting of about twenty-five members of the profession at the Harper House, Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Five thousand members of the Rock Island County Catholic parishes gathered at Douglas Park to commemorate the establishment of the first Catholic church in Rock Island 75 years ago by Father John George Alleman.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Fire Chief Joseph W. Burke today estimated $1,000 damage resulted from two fires and an explosion yesterday afternoon in the dust collector at the Rock Island Millwork Company. The explosion blew the roof off the dust collector structure and scattered the debris about forty feet.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Establishment of a special tax district to finance construction of Moline's 1.4 million downtown mall is virtually assured, with the number of downtown property owners filing objections falling far short of the number necessary to scuttle the project. Under the special tax district, property owners in the area would be assessed up to $2.10 per $100 assessed valuation, for a maximum of 15 years, to pay for the mall construction and a $15,000-per-year maintenance charge.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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