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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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