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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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