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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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