Day in history for November 2, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Fire caused slight damage at the John Albrecht residence when a girl went into a dark closet with a candle and accidentally set some clothes on fire.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A new machine has been set up at the Rock Island Post Office for opening letters containing money orders for the head banker of Modern Woodmen of America.

1926 -- 75 years ago
William F. Hendrick, proprietor of the Checker and Yellow Cab Company, purchased the Red Top Cab Company.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Thousands of railroad pensioners in the Quad-City area will get a major boost in their income as a result of amendments to the railroad retirement act, signed Tuesday by President Truman. The railroad retirement board estimates that retired rail employees eventually will receive increases averaging 30 percent, and survivors of deceased employees will get increases averaging 45 percent.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A vice president of Deere And Co. has written a book which will be published by Carlton Press, New York. The author is Curtis W. Tarr, Moline, and the title of the book is ``Private Soldier: Life in the Army From 1943 to 1946.'' The book presents a comprehensive story of the author's experiences in the Army during World War II. It begins with his initial call-up and basic training days and proceeds to later Army experiences both in the United States and Europe.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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