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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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