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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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