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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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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