Day in history for August 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The railroad will be completed from Chicago to Joliet in the next 35 days. Mr. Farnham, who is in charge of this undertaking, is a man of uncommon energy. He will not let the work lag.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island County cast 599 votes in the election of J.J. Glenn as circuit judge.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The cornerstone of the new Rock Island Public Library building was laid today without ceremonies of any kind. Data of an historical nature were placed inside the stone.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomo Vanzetti, radicals for whom there has been nationwide agitation, were executed in Boston today for the holdup murder committed six years ago. They went to the chair praising anarchy. The executions set off riots by Marxists in many foreign cities.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A new bridge across the Mississippi River linking Moline and Bettendorf may become a reality by 1955, it was announced by members of the Davenport bridge commission. Preliminary plans revealed a call for the erection of a second span of the present Iowa-Illinois Memorial bridge.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A Davenport couple escaped injury when their light engine plane crashed into a muddy field south of the John Deere Expressway at 41st Street. J.C. Garst, 28, and his wife were taking a pleasure flight in a single-engine plane when the plane suddenly lost altitude, Garst said.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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