Day in history for August 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus is under special obligation to the steamboats J. McKee and the Danube for bringing late newspapers. Those boats manage to run regularly despite the low water in the Mississippi.

1877 -- 125 years ago
J.R. Huber announced himself as a candidate for Rock Island County Treasurer.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Twenty-third District Liquor Dealers Association is holding its convention in Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke briefly to 800 persons at a Quad-City dinner in his honor in the Rock Island Arsenal dining hall. Lindbergh made a plea for the building of more municipal airports.

1952 -- 50 years ago
After receiving a report from its health committee that the majority of water wells in a section of the city's west end are contaminated, Rock Island aldermen approved relaxing of city codes to permit area residents to attach to a new water main. The contaminated section is located on 1st St. from 18th Ave. south to the Dasso property line.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Mary Komatar, former Silvis resident, has a role in a new movie, ``The Swarm.'' The picture, based on a best-seller book, is about a swarm of African killer bees that descends on Houston. Stars of the film are Michael Caine, Katherine Ross, Henry Fonda, Olivia deHavilland and Richard Widmark. Mary is a 1965 graduate of United Township High School.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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