Day in history for September 23, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Moline thieves are getting desperate. Last Saturday while A. Anderson, merchant tailor, stepped out of his store for a few minutes, some light-fingered gentry stepped in and appropriated three bolts of cloth worth $45. And they have not been visible since.

1901 -- 100 years ago
With a purchase of $2 or more, Young And McCombs in Rock Island will present you with a genuine oil painting, size 14x22, free.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School grid candidates were asked to sign pledges that they were not members of secret high school fraternities.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island undoubtedly can claim the distinction of being the only city where its mayor makes the keys to the city. Mayor Melvin McKay estimates more than thirty-five keys from his hobby shop have been handed out in recent months. The keys now are scattered throughout the nation.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline has applied under another federal grant program for money to construct a civic center and other downtown redevelopment projects. However, neither project received a high priority in the city's ranking of six projects submitted to the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission for funding under the Economic Development Administration Act of 1965. The city's top priority was a $194,900 watermain extension south of the Rock River, from the Holiday Inn east.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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