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: 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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