Day in history for August 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A location for a depot could have been bought last year for 40 percent less than now. A site can be bought now for less than next year. Why does the committee delay? Nobody wants to build a business until he knows where the depot is going to be when the railroad arrives.

1877 -- 125 years ago
R.R. Cable, president of the Peoria And Rock Island Railroad, announced the employment of Joseph Elder as master mechanic.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rafting fell off more than 50 percent this season. Some lumbermen are predicting the eventual end of log rafting on the Mississippi.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Kenneth Conrey of Moline won the Tri-City tennis championship for the seventh time by defeating Mel H. Hodge, former North Dakota champ, in three sizzling sets.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A small invasion of crickets that promises to reach astounding proportions in downtown Davenport was being investigated today by the Scott County Farm Bureau. The crickets, reported to be especially destructive of fabric and paper, were observed in large numbers near downtown stores.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Among the pork cooks of Illinois, Geneseo's Sidney Kemmis is tops. Kemmis was named State Pork Cookout King in the annual Illinois Pork Producers Cookout contest at the state fair in Springfield. His prize recipe, a crown roast of pork prepared on an outdoor grill, topped 14 contestants.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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