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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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