Day in history for August 24, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
F.A.C. Foreman, well known to many of our readers, has again commenced the publication of a Whig paper at New Boston, styled the Golden Era, a neat looking sheet.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Charles H. Hahn, a representative of Maltby's celebrated oyster house, Chicago, is here on business.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Thomas A. Marshall telephoned The Argus from Keithsburg that he will not run for congress.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island aldermen voted unanimously to prohibit building contractors from working on Sundays.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Two polite bandits obtained only about $2 or $3 early this morning when they pushed a gun into the stomach of a 52-year-old railroad mail clerk at 39th Street and 18th Avenue, Rock Island. Robert Speir said the two armed men thanked him and walked away as he handed them the two or three one dollar bills he had in his wallet.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Despite a steady barrage of scuff marks, screams and accidents, Ed Hauman's love for kids still shines as bright as the Moline schools he's served as custodian for 25 years. He is, he says, grateful for the chance to be ``a buddy'' to the ``tiny tornados'' that sweep through his buildings, smear his windows and keep him busy cleaning up after them. The 57-year-old custodian at Thomas Jefferson School has turned down chances for better jobs at bigger schools because ``I love my kids.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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