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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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