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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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