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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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