Day in history for August 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The London Times wants Americans to elect General Winfield Scott, the Whig party candidate, as president. This has angered many Americans who can work out their own destiny without advice from Europeans.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The boys at Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann's sawmill made a record by sawing 135,218 feet of lumber in 10 hours. Phil Miller ran the rotary.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Y.M.C.A. was planning to inaugurate a unique membership contest on Sept. 1, between two bands of ``Bad Indians.''

1927 -- 75 years ago
Police Officer Axel T. Nielsen was seriously hurt last night when hit by an auto and hurled 15 feet into the air at the corner of 25th Avenue and 9th Street, Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Who is the owner of the doose that got loose near 924 14th St., Rock Island. What is a doose? It might be a proper name for the feathered fowl Mrs. Marie C. Wiegand of the Rock Island Humane Society took into custody after it was nearly eaten by dogs. Mrs. Wiegand described it as having the gray color of a goose but the body of a duck.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Dr. John R. Conway, assistant professor of biology at Marycrest College, Davenport, is author of an article entitled ``Analysis of Clear and Dark Amber Repletes of the Honey Ant, Myrmecocystus mexicanus hortideorum'' published in the May issue of ``Annals of the Entomological Society of America.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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