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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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