Day in history for September 10, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
B.D. Buford And Co.'s plows took the first premiums at the Dubuque fair this week.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The ceremonies were held for the laying of the cornerstone of the Beth Israel synagogue, 22nd St. and 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Manager Arch H. Bowlby of the Rock Island Independents announced the signing of Ralph (Bud) Widick, former Emporia College star and an all-Kansas center for three years.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island High School student will be assisted by a network radio appeal for more material to help her continue to amuse hospitalized veterans. Faith Watson, 16, collects cartoons, jokes, poems and short stories from magazines for scrapbooks. Needing more material, she wrote a letter to Jack Berch, NBC singing star. He will read her letter at 10:30 tomorrow morning on radio station WOC, appealing to radio listeners to help Faith carry on her beneficial work.

1976 -- 25 years ago
``Colona has one hell of a fine police department,'' wrote a vacationer from Michigan, who found himself in an unfamiliar community, devoid of lights on his van and trailer. Seeking help from the Colona police, Police Chief William Leftwich not only told him of a nearby campsite but provided the traveler with a two-squad escort to the site. The vacationer sent a letter warmly thanking Leftwich and his staff for their ``assistance and courtesy.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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