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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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