Day in history for August 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Directors of the Rock Island and Camden Plank Road Company voted, after long debate, not to award a contract to a low bidder but to hire a superintendent to build the Rock River bridges. They then voted to hire Jacob Starr to take charge of the construction. He will be paid $3.50 a day.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Jacob Ohlweiler Jr. and Paul Rabbe opened a cigar manufactory in Palace Row.

1902 -- 100 years ago
It is believed that gypsies made an attempt to kidnap Gussie, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Englin. The gypsies gave the boy a quarter to act as their guide and then tried to prevent him from leaving them.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A crowd of 7,000 took part in the ninth annual joint outing of Modern Woodmen and Royal Neighbors in Long View Park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport park board has issued it's annual ``keep out'' notice to juvenile golf ball hunters. The board has notified youngsters who inhabit the roughs and water hazards at the two city courses they will be regarded as trespassers and, as such, can be ordered from the area.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Transients apparently were responsible for a fire that damaged a boxcar owned by Rock Island Lines. Police officers assigned to check the boxcars, which were on tracks between 24th and 23rd Streets, said they discovered the blaze a few minutes after they had routed a couple ``winos'' from another boxcar.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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