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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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