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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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