Day in history for August 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The editor has been shown the elegant gold watch and chain presented to B.F. Barnett, proprietor of the Rock Island House, by W.S. Pierce, comptroller of California.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island conference of the Methodist church adopted a resolution deploring the tendency of many churches to employ strangers and unauthorized persons to conduct revival services.

1902 -- 100 years ago
When eight waitresses went on strike at the Harper House, bellhops waited on tables today.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A special train took 165 Rock Island and Davenport Eagles to a national convention of their order in Milwaukee.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Lyle B. Wilcox, Sterling, district governor of Rotary clubs, paid an official visit to the East Moline Rotary Club and was a special guest at the weekly luncheon meeting of the group in the First Methodist Church, East Moline. Wilcox was introduced by John Siefken, president of the East Moline club.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Roy Rogers, who rode the dusty trails of the silver screen when good guys always won and the bad guys always wore black, has harsh words about the industry that made him famous. ``Some of the movies they make today, I wouldn't let Trigger see,'' he said. Roy and Dale, without Trigger, were meeting with reporters in the Quad-Cities to promote their appearance at the Mississippi Valley Fair.

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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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