Day in history for August 25, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A New Orleans girl was fined $5 for giving a man one kiss in public. Her defense was that he had ordered a cup of coffee and then refused to pay for it without a kiss. She said she could not afford to pay for the coffee herself.

1877 -- 125 years ago
D.W. Taft, clerk in Buford and Taylor's store, met a tramp on the street whom he recognized. He took the tramp home and befriended him but the tramp decamped with $35, which he took from his benefactor's purse.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County teachers' institute opened today at Augustana College. Professor C.W. Foss conducted opening exercises.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Defeating Miss Clara May Franing, Augustana College star, in straight sets, Miss Margery Glow, 17, won the women's tennis championship of Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
After 65 years, the oldest retail business families of Rock Island will retire. Clemann And Salzmann, Inc., a leading furniture store since 1887, was sold to the Edwards brothers, Edward and Robert, Rock Island, former owners of automobile agencies in Rock Island and Moline. The new owners plan extensive remodeling and modernization of the store building on 2nd Avenue and 16th Street.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A $2.66 million federal grant for reconstruction of the east-west runway taxiways at the Quad-City Airport has been approved by the Department of Transportation.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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