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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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