Day in history for September 21, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Among the new books at Rock Island Library are: ``Susan Fielding,'' ``Gulliver's Travels,'' and ``The Passionate Pilgrim.''

1900 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. F.G. Allen was the winner of the last of the preliminary matches for the woman's handicap cup at Arsenal Golf Club.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Church of Peace, Rock Island, burned its first and second mortgages at its 30th anniversary observance.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Sears, Roebuck And Co. has purchased a block-and-a-half of property on W. 4th St., Davenport, to be used as the location of a large department store, with adjacent parking facilities for 400 cars, it was announced today. The company declined to estimate the cost of the proposed store building, which will have 100,000 square feet of store space, but local contractors estimated $2,000,000 would be a conservative figure.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A Henry County farmer paid a record $2,210 per acre for the 115 acres of prime soil comprising the Marvin Gernant estate farm west of Geneseo. Roy Holmstrom, Geneseo auctioneer and realty agent, said the price was the most per acre ever paid for a farm in Geneseo, and probably in Henry County. The farm, used most recently to raise sheep, included a nine-room house, barn, corn cribs and other improvements.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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