Day in history for August 9, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Kinney and Hakes of the Rock Island nursery have a quantity of Osage plants on hand and will contract to make farm hedges which they warrant to be proof as fencing against horses and cattle.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Billy Fales, night clerk at the Rock Island House, shot himself accidentally last night while he was cleaning a revolver.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Some Rock Island druggists are agitating for an agreement or ordinance setting 9 p.m. as the closing hour for drug stores.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Dwight Deere Wiman of Moline and New York City plans to produce several Broadway plays this winter. Mary Boland will star in the first, ``Women Go On Forever.'' Basil Rathbone will play the lead in two others.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Three Rock Island city officials, who conducted an inspection this morning of the McCabe department store warehouse where yesterday's $25,000 fire started, concluded that the fire was probably caused by an overloaded electrical circuit, according to Fire Chief Charles J. Wahlheim, one of the officials.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Lightning triggered a blaze early this morning at Hoffman School in East Moline, causing an estimated $20,000 in damage to the library and audiovisual center. East Moline fire investigators believe the fire started when lightning traveled through wiring to a television set in the library.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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