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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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