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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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