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 told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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