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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