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: 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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