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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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