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: 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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