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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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