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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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