Day in history for September 1, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
An excursion from the Baptist Church of Monmouth was in Rock Island.

1901 -- 100 years ago
When the No. 3 hose cart was traveling at a pretty rapid pace to a fire, one of the calks of ``Buck,'' the dun horse that works on the near side, caught in the pavement and the animal was thrown and dragged about sixty feet.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A drill boat has been put to work in the Rock Island rapids, drilling and blasting a ledge of rock to complete the uniform 6-foot channel depth project in the Mississippi River.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island County newspaper, the Milan Independent, is among less than 300 weekly newspapers published in the United States which have been classified as tops. A total of 9,000 weekly newspapers are published in this country. The only other weekly newspaper in the western Illinois area to hold this honor is the Aledo Times-Record, which has belonged to the national organization of top-flight papers for several years. Membership in the organization, Greater Weeklies Associates of New York City, is limited and by invitation only.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Silvis police finally have their own firing range again, after a 10 year search. The newly built range is located in Carbon Cliff and is shared by the Carbon Cliff Police Department. The range has been set up for policemen only, and is not for the general public to use.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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