Day in history for September 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Through the bankers, Seligman, in New York and Frankfort, the Rockford, Rock Island and St. Louis Railroad has been purchased by the Frankfort committee of the purchasing bondholders, for 1.5 million dollars in gold in Frankfort.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island people as one paused for five minutes in mournful meditation for the memory of the late President McKinley.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Hundreds of Rock Island people were anxiously awaiting the establishment of general communication from the southeast coast of Florida, devastated by a hurricane, to learn the fate of relatives and friends residing or visiting there.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The traffic committee of the Moline city council will take a poll of residents and merchants in the 1-way traffic areas of 5th and 6th avenues to determine their sentiments toward the arrangement, it was decided after an opposition group complained at a public hearing that their business and personal lives have suffered because of it.

1976 -- 25 years ago
East Moline officials have discovered a meter reading error at the International Harvester Co. plant has cost the city about $56,000 since March. Mayor Dennis Jacobs said the city installed a new water meter at the plant months ago, which gauged the amount of water in cubic feet. However, the old meter read out gallons and nobody informed the meter reader of the switch.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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