Day in history for September 9, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The rain kept many people from attending the Scott County Fair. Rock Island and Davenport will each owe the failure of their fair to the elements.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A boiler in Musser's saw mill in Muscatine exploded, completely wrecking the boiler room and fearfully scalding Chief Engineer Robert Carter, David L. Dulgar, his assistant, and Fireman John Dulgar. The men were literally cooked, and their recovery is impossible.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Elbert Hollingsworth was elected president of the senior class of the Rock Island High School.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Dan Cupid had a streak of bad luck in Davenport yesterday as far as the Olsons and Olsens were concerned. However, the loss of a wedding ring and the theft of gifts did not hinder wedding plans. Harry E. Olson, Rock Island, told Davenport police he lost a gold band set with three diamonds shortly after purchasing it. To meet the wedding deadline, Olson bought another ring. Norman Olsen, Davenport, told police a prowler broke into his auto and stole gifts intended for attendants at his wedding.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Sheriff Joe Schneider refused to accept the five used 1974 model state police squads bought in Springfield for his department as replacement vehicles for sheriff's cars having 100,000 or more miles. The sheriff said he didn't requisition any cars and didn't ask for a transfer of funds to pay the $5,000 costs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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