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: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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