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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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