Day in history for September 7, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Harper, Bellows, Rock Island and Taylor houses are having a good run of business just now.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The steamer Urania, recently purchased by Captain Walter A. Blair to take the place of the burned Volunteer in the Rock Island-Burlington trade, was destroyed by fire at the Muscatine shore.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A new hymn book, published by the Augustana Book Concern for Augustana College and other synod institutions, was introduced at the chapel exercises held at the college.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island High School students and those of other city schools today were warned against hitchhiking in streets and roadways, as a result of action taken by the Rock Island Safety Council after numerous complaints were received by motorists who contended school youths rudely forced them to stop by standing in the drivers' paths.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Illinois Quad-City officials say renumbering the interstate highways in this area would correct a 20-year-old mistake. They argue renumbering would end confusion, congestion and a hazardous traffic situation under the present designation. Iowa officials, however, maintain the cost of renumbering, loss of tax revenue and potential safety hazards outweigh any benefit gained by renumbering. Both arguments will be aired at a hearing on the controversial renumbering plan under study by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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