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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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