Day in history for August 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
One physician advances the guess that diseases may be communicated by bank notes. If subscribers will pay up, The Argus editor is willing to run the risk.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Because of low water, fewer steamboats are plying the upper Mississippi River than in any season for the past 30 years.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Determined to halt horse-drawn street cars, the people of Sears (now south Rock Island) tore up the tracks of the Tri-City Railway Company. The track removing was halted by a court injunction, which was read to the officials of the village.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees hold good leads in the major league baseball races. Rock Island is in last place in the 8-team Mississippi Valley league.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Members of the Mercy Hospital advisory committee today began the study of bids totaling close to $2,500,000 for the construction of a new wing. A decision on awarding the contracts is expected to be announced within 10 days and beginning of construction may be possible this summer.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Moline aldermen will attempt to avenge a defeat in softball and lawn bowling last year at the hands of East Moline councilmen. The rematch softball game is set for Aug. 28 and the lawn bowling match Sept. 18. Officials said the softball game will be a benefit to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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