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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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