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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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