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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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