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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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