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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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