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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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