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: 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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