Day in history for August 28, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Whigs predict that they will carry Rock Island County by 300 votes. Democrats say the Whig majority will be whittled down this time to next to nothing.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Hans Nelson was severely burned on the hands and face by the premature discharge of some powder in Dr. Gordon's stone quarry this morning.

1902 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that more than forty unions would march in the Labor Day parade.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Dr. R. Keene Ryan today told members of the Rock Island Kiwanis Club that ``America is safe from the assaults of Bolshevists and Communists because of the character of the people who live in the smaller sized communities of the United States.''

1952 -- 50 years ago
A brochure, listing the advantages of Rock Island as the ``Hub of the Quad-Cities,'' has been prepared by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce and is now available. The booklets are free to the public and can be obtained at the chamber office in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Lee Wassenhove, Moline, won two first places at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines with her American Saddlebred English pleasure horse, ``Why Worry Simba.'' She won in the English pleasure class for riders 18 and older, and also in the pleasure driving class for horse and show buggy.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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