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.

Back: Available days in August 2002

Local events heading

  Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

(More History)