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: 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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