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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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