Day in history for August 3, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The common garden wormwood has in past years been used by many families as a preventive of summer sickness, and as they believe, with decided benefit. Bruise a few leaves and drink the cold infusion before breakfast.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Sixteen men signed the constitution of the Rock Island Boat Club. Officers are Ben Cable, T.J. Rodman and D.W. Heath.

1902 -- 100 years ago
J.C. Pentland resigned as physical director of the Rock Island YMCA.

1927 -- 75 years ago
William W. Tucker assumed office as the new superintendent of Henry County schools.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The second report of a flying saucer being seen in Davenport was received last night by Davenport police. Clarence Kaskadden reported seeing a large bright object approximately 600 feet in the air near the intersection of Telegraph Road and North Fairmount Street shortly after 11:30 p.m. It turned green, then red and finally silver. When it turned silver, it looked like a circle of stars. The lights would fade out for a moment and then return very bright.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fiers of Colona bid $137.50 for a two-holer outhouse at the Henry County Fair. The couple, who operate Fiers Plumbing and Heating, Colona, plan to use the building in their advertising. A total of 27 sealed bids were submitted for the old-time privy, which was built especially for the fair.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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