Day in history for July 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi River is very low, so low that steamboats of the larger class can no longer ascend the Rock Island rapids. The steamer Danube, coming down, struck the chain of rocks and was damaged.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Susan M. Goldsmith, mother of former Mayor Bailey Davenport, is seriously ill.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A strike took place in the blacksmithing department of the Rock Island Plow Company yesterday, and as a result the company cut off the power in that part of the factory. The trouble arose over an order requiring the men to operate their machines until the whistle blows.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Marvin Bullard, Rock Island youth, completed his 144th hole at noon today on the Saukie public golf course in his attempt to set a new national golf marathon record.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A bronze medal and citation will be awarded to a Scott County cat appropriately named ``Miracle.'' The cat was so named after he survived being baled alive with scrap iron under tons of pressure in a Davenport salvage yard.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A smouldering fire at Short Hills Country Club, East Moline, caused extensive damage to the recently renovated clubhouse. A club official said the 3 a.m. fire would have destroyed the building, where new carpeting had just been installed, had it not been for the sprinkler system.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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