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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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