Day in history for August 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
At a disgusting prize fight, a crowd turned out to witness the sport. A deputy sheriff tried to read the law prohibiting prize fights but he was drowned out by hurrahs. The two men fought nine rounds until one of the men fell insensible.

1877 -- 125 years ago
John B. Davis, steamboat captain, has returned from the Yellowstone River, having finished a big government contract.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Upper End residents picnicked at Woodward's grove. H.A. Weld, Rock Island, and Colonel B.F. Marsh, Warsaw, were on the speaking program.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Winners of the contest to become Rock Island delegates to the American Legion convention in Paris are Elmer C. Anderson and Percy A. Eklund.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Nearing the end of an impressive face-lifting project is the Rock Island Lines 31st Street depot. The project, begun last September and including remodeling of the express and headquarters building as well, is estimated to cost $175,000.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Janice Young, who is a familiar face in horse show rings in the area, proved her versatility when she won top honors in the U.S. National Championships, Arabian Horse Association Youth Judging Competition in Albuquerque, N.M. A member of the Illinois Arabian Horse Association team, Janice topped the 120 members from the 30 teams to capture first place and a $1,000 scholarship.

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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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