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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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