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: 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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