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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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