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: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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