Day in history for August 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The potato crop in Ireland has been affected by the disease which has come for the last seven years. The whole crop may be destroyed and Ireland fears famine.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Frank Wheelan, while assisting in the removal of scaffolding at the Rock Island Arsenal, fell and sustained severe injuries.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Barstow Creamery, owned by William Letsch, was burned to the ground shortly after noon.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island has the distinction of being the home of a past grand commander of the grand commandery of Illinois Knights Templar, Harry H. Cleaveland. Mr. Cleaveland occupied this office in 1910.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Thick, acrid smoke swirled hundreds of feet from the Rock Island Arsenal and many Quad-City residents assumed a dangerous fire was threatening the ordnance plant. However, there was nothing to it. The salvage department was merely burning a quantity of oil at the Arsenal salvage dump.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An estimated half-million dollars worth of cocaine bound for the Quad-Cities was intercepted by federal drug agents in Muscatine, Iowa. Three Quad-Citians were arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration agents and charged with unlawful possession of narcotics. The three had picked up cocaine in Quincy and were en route back to the Quad-Cities when the trailing agents made the arrests in Muscatine.

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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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