Day in history for August 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Congress has refused to appropriate $50,000 to remove the chains of rocks from the Rock Island rapids in the Mississippi River. With water as low as it is now, large boats holding the government contract for carrying mail cannot make their regular runs between St. Louis and Galena..

1877 -- 125 years ago
A shooting match was held by teams headed by Captain Buford and Captain Everett. The Everett team won, 45 to 43.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A bullet passed over the bed in which Mrs. Addie Elliott and her daughter were sleeping at 408 20th St. at 5:45 a.m. The shot may have been fired by the guard at the Rock Island bridge as he signaled for a halt to traffic.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A dance will be held on the steamboat W.J. Quinlan as a benefit to send a Rock Island man to the Paris convention of the American Legion.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The quick thinking of two Moline Boy Scouts saved the life of a drowning youth in Prospect Park. Richard Doerr, 12, and his brother, Charles, 10, arrived at the park lagoon just in time to spot a boy going under. They immediately removed the leash of a nearby dog, threw it out to the youth, who grabbed the chain and was pulled in.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City Development Group agreed to pay a Chicago consultant up to $17,000 for the first phase of an economic feasibility study for a proposed civic center on Arsenal Island.

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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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