Day in history for August 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Sons of Temperance design having a public dinner on Saturday at Camden Mills (Milan). Mr. Heflin, Esq., will provide the home and arrange the dinner. There will be speeches.

1877 -- 125 years ago
At a special election yesterday, the proposal to borrow money to pay city debts of $17,000 carried by a vote of 207 to 14.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island barbers decided to join the Illinois Barbers Protective Association. J.J. Kelly was elected president.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Argus fund to send two Rock Island men to the American Legion convention in Paris reached its goal of $1,000.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An 18-year-old Moline youth, William Motts, was reported in ``fair'' condition at St. Anthony's Hospital following a freak accident. Motts, an attendant at the Wayne Spradling filling station, 5th Avenue and 38th Street, Rock Island, parked his car near the pumps while he moved a bicycle. The owner of the bicycle got in Motts' car and ``pressed something.'' The car, in reverse gear, started backward, pinning Motts and the bicycle underneath.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Kim Venhuizen, Morrison, the lone female entrant in the antique tractor pull, which included 27 tractors, won her first competitive pull, in the 7,500 pound class pulling a distance of 291 feet, 5 inches with a John Deere 720 tractor, during the Whiteside County Fair tractor pull.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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