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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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