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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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