Day in history for September 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The yields of apples were never greater in this region than this fall. So plentiful is this fruit that the price does not pay the farmers in some instances for the trouble of marketing. Several farmers east of Port Byron are turning their hogs into their orchards.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The new plate glass, one of the largest in the three cities, that is to adorn the front of The Argus remodeled building, was put in place this afternoon.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council confirmed the appointment of Emil A. Johnson as first deputy in the city clerk's office.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Silvis policemen from now on will have a camera to aid them in their crime-detection work. The camera is a new one and will be used to photograph fingerprints, handwriting evidence, etc. The camera belongs to Ivan Pendleton, assistant police chief, and although it is his personal property, it will be used for police department work.

1976 -- 25 years ago
About 800 members of United Auto Workers Local 865 walked off their jobs at the Deere And Co. Harvester Works, East Moline, about noon today, apparently jumping the gun on midnight expiration of the UAW's contract with the world's largest farm equipment producer. The wildcat strike, expected to spread to other plants hours before the contract expiration at midnight, was in apparent defiance of union orders.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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