Day in history for September 4, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Colonel J.B. Danforth, editor of The Rock Island Argus, is in Chicago on a little centennial vacation.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Augustana College began its 42nd academic year.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Members of the senior and junior classes of Augustana College elected officers for 1926-27 at the annual meetings.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Four small ducks in the VanderVeer Park lagoon today owed their lives to two Davenport squad car policemen who rushed to the rescue of the birds yesterday afternoon. The policemen rushed to the park following a report that two swans were trying to kill the ducks. The police reported to the station later that they had ``put the swans to run and temporarily quelled the disturbance.'' Further disciplinary action against the swans is expected from park authorities.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Before September is over, a bus will roll towards the one millionth passenger this year, breaking a Rock Island County Mass Transit District record. But with 20 buses serving Moline, Milan, East Moline, Silvis, and Rock Island, district board members were scratching their heads trying to figure when this celebrated passenger will board the bus. The county system has recorded 902,000 passengers boarding buses during a 9 month period since the start of the district's fiscal year in December.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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