Day in history for August 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
N.B. Buford, Esq., Rock Island, is the most likely Whig candidate for congress in this district. If a Whig must get it, none could be better than our friend Buford.

1877 -- 125 years ago
R.R. Cable bought 20 lots near the village of Cable on which coal miners there can build homes.

1902 -- 100 years ago
N.W. Johnstone, San Antonio, Texas, was named physical director of the Rock Island Y.M.C.A.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. E.G. Don set a new course record for women at Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. She shot a 79 while defeating Mrs. L.B. Driffill of Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
``If we can afford to spend billions of dollars in foreign aid, we can afford $40,000 for an engineering survey of flood damage in the Rock River valley,'' Senator Everett M. Dirksen told a small audience attending the flood control conference at Wharton Field House in Moline. The senator promised that he would do his best to see that the Army engineers get the money necessary to make the damage survey as soon as possible.

1977 -- 25 years ago
More than $200,000 went down the drain last year in East Moline because the city pumped a million cubic feet of water that was never billed, Mayor Dennis Jacobs said today. The water was lost when the city drained three storage tanks so they could be painted, and when 47 mains broke last winter.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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