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 large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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