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: 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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