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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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