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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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