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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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