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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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