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: 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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