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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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