Day in history for August 31, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The recent disclosures about the threatened revolution in Cuba are known to be sufficiently grave to have attracted the serious attention of the Spanish minister at Washington.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Five new gas lamps were put up yesterday and 13 naphtha lamps were put up today in Rock Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Sash and Door Works raised its capital stock from $50,000 to $100,000.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A surf riding exhibition has been added to the feature attractions of the water pageant at the Rock Island County Agricultural and Industrial Exposition at Black Hawk's Watch Tower.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The five Geifman markets in Rock Island, Moline and East Moline have merged with Tenenbom's Inc. to form a single corporation. There are eight Tenenbom stores in the Quad-Cities, Clinton and Dubuque. The transaction does not involve the Davenport Geifman food stores, which are owned by another company.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Twenty some years ago, John Mendoza of Moline sent in a box top and 50 cents to get his first magic trick. Today, the former Moliner is a professional magician. Mendoza will present two homecoming performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose College. Mendoza has put together one of the biggest and most elaborate illusion shows to hit the entertainment world.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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