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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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