Day in history for August 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island has put in $60,000 and Davenport has contributed the same amount toward the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad. These cities are entitled to know where the depot will be located so that this town can go ahead and grow.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A fire, which broke out in the Milan House at Milan, was soon extinguished.

1902 -- 100 years ago
While Police Chief Darnell was seated in his office cleaning his revolver, he absent-mindedly replaced the cartridge and pulled the trigger. The bullet struck Officer Herman Sehnert in his right leg just above the knee.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Quad-Cities completed plans today to welcome Charles A. Lindbergh tomorrow, giving him a hero's welcome for his exploit in flying across the Atlantic alone.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A raging fire at the Jesse Armstrong farm, east of Cordova, reduced a recently remodeled dairy barn to ashes. The loss of the barn was estimated at $6,000, although the damage to produce and machinery may almost equal that sum.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An experimental energy saving course at Black Hawk College this summer is proving so successful it may be repeated again this fall, officials say. ``The four two-hour sessions of the ``Home Energy Savers Program'' is ending this week, but response in Rock Island and Henry Counties has been so good officials say they hope to see it repeated.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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