Day in history for September 28, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mr. E.P. Reynolds, one of the contractors, says the Mercer County railroad is done to Mill Creek, beyond Taylor Ridge, and will reach the Perryton Station in a few days.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Gates are to be constructed at Rock Island's 20th St. railroad crossing and a fence constructed south from the depot by the Burlington Railroad.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Large signs directing the way to Rock Island's loop shopping and office district were erected at the viaduct leading to Rock Island Arsenal.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A Crusade for Freedom balloon, presumably loosed during either the New York or San Francisco rallies Sunday, has turned up near Geneseo. Darrell Lodge, who resides 10 miles northeast of Geneseo, found the balloon when he went to his mailbox. It contained circulars of the Crusade for Freedom. Lodge does not know which rally the balloon came from.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The annual battle over a county-provided car for the Rock Island County coroner's office started Wednesday night. Coroner James Shaw requested the County Board's budget committee to include $5,000 in his 1977 appropriation for the vehicle, which Shaw termed ``vital and necessary.'' The committee delayed action on the request, pending a ``formal presentation of the reasons a car is vital and necessary.'' The county pays Shaw mileage in return for his use of his private car for county business.

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