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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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