Day in history for September 16, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
J.A. Ayers, with Deere And Co., met with an accident which he considers the closest call he ever had. While fording Hickory branch of Cedar River the current swept more powerfully than he supposed and carried team, wagon and driver with it. The team, belonging to Deere And Co., was drowned before it could be rescued. Mr. Ayers made his escape by swimming ashore.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Don't miss the excursion to Muscatine Sept. 18 on the steamer J.S. 50 cents round trip. Boat leaves at 8:30.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. A.D. Huesing, Jr., was elected president of the new Rock Island Civic Music Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
One of the very few known sets of Siamese twins with the heads joined together was born in St. Anthony's Hospital. The boy twins are reported ``extremely healthy'' today. The attending physician said the twins are completely normal except for the joint at the top of the skull. When x-rays are taken in several days, chances for performing an operation to separate the twins will be known.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The construction of the new Trimble Funeral Home at 1700 1st St. will be a first for both Coal Valley and Rock Island County. The new building will be the first new funeral home to be built in the county in over 25 years. Mrs. Riley Trimble said many buildings have been remodeled but no new ones built. It will also be the first funeral home in Coal Valley.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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