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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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