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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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