Day in history for September 11, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Rev. Phillip Barth, for the past year in charge of the German Methodist Church in Rock Island, has been called to Harper, Iowa.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The last train of the Rocky Mountain Limited Service on the Rock Island Road passed through Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Three Rock Island men were issued papers of incorporation for the manufacture of automobile accessories under the name of the Sandbo Corporation.

1951 -- 50 years ago
An estimated several hundred dollars damage resulted from a fire caused by the backfire of a Rock Island-Moline City Lines bus at the firm's garage, 3448 5th Ave., Rock Island. Firemen said the backfire occurred as the bus was being started up while in a wash rack at the garage. The backfire ignited one of the washing brushes and also scorched paint on the bus. Two fire companies answered the alarm but the fire was out when they arrived.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A 120-acre Whiteside County farm brought a record $3,000 an acre in an estate sale. The farm, owned by the Darlene L. Toppert estate on Ill. 78 about 10 miles southeast of Prophetstown, was purchased by Robert and George DeWaele, who own a nearby farm. Dana Scheidecker, assistant Whiteside County extension advisor, said farm land in the area has been selling for up to $2,500 an acre. There's a limited amount of good, tillable farm land.

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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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