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: 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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