Day in history for August 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
William Simpson cradled 10.5 acres of oats in 10 hours, his friends report, though many farmers do not believe it.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Miss Sarah E. Linn, who has made our First Ward school the banner one of Rock Island, has been appointed to the faculty of Illinois College.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Two Rock Island boys, members of the Naval Reserves, report that on their cruise on the Great Lakes they were not given enough to eat and were compelled to sleep on the deck without a blanket.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Ruth M. Nelson of Galesburg has been named county home advisor.

1952 -- 50 years ago
City and government officials, together with Rock Island businessmen, estimated $70,000 is the minimum amount necessary for construction of a permanent sea wall to protect the city from future river floods. At their meeting, the fourth of a series of flood control sessions, the group decided a dike at least three miles long will be needed.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A Moline motel, the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, was one of several dozen that assumed bad debts piled up by former Gov. Daniel Walker in last year's primary campaign. Walker, staggering under a whopping $464,000 campaign debt after his costly primary loss to Michael J. Howlett, managed to persuade nearly 200 individuals and businesses to write off money owed by the Walker campaign.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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