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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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