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: 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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