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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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