Day in history for September 13, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Billy Hilton and W.A. West shot a large pelican in Sylvan Water which measured 8 feet from tip to tip of its wings, and its pouch would hold a gallon-and-a-half of water.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Morris And Lewis, of Rock Island, have purchased the plant and patent rights of the Walsh Brake Shoe Company, of Chicago, a company which manufactures a special design of shoe for brakes on railway trains.

1926 -- 75 years ago
An automobile caravan from Rock Island will carry a large representation of retail merchants and others to the Henry County Fair in Cambridge.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two men and a woman learned the hard way at 3:15 this morning that the front yard of the sheriff's residence is a bad place to have a loud argument, expecially at that hour. Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman, aroused from his bed by one of the trio to settle the controversy, arrested all three on drunk and disorderly charges and placed them in the county jail.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Rockets, which once carried thousands of passengers in luxurious comfort from Chicago to points west, may be sputtering toward the end of the line. Only two of the once-famous Rockets remain. One runs from Chicago to Rock Island, the other from Chicago to Peoria. The trains are big money losers. On Monday the Rock Island will go before the Illinois Commerce Commission and seek permission to discontinue the trains.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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