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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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