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: 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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