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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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