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: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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