Day in history for May 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We have just heard that Mr. Reynolds, a railroad contractor, has opened a lead mine on land belonging to Lemuel Andrews, Esq., just above Rock Island, and that a boy dug out 1,000 pounds of mineral the same day. A specimen may be seen at this office. Good judges say it will yield 90 percent.

1878 -- 125 years ago
H.A. Bullock of Galesburg was registered as a Rock Island House guest.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A. Devin Duvivier, composer and instructor, discussed ``Art in Education'' at Augustana College last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William H. Voss was elected chairman of the Rock Island city Republican central committee.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Young male faces in Davenport were tinted a lovely shade of red as teenagers pondered the results of last Saturday's National Rifle Association sectional tourney won by a 16-year-old Davenport high school girl. Donna Strasser fired a 186 out of a possible 200 on the high school rifle range to win first place in the match.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Six Quad-City housewives and mothers have added a new dimension to their lives. They've formed a singing group called The Added Dimension and have been giving programs for church, school and civic groups. Sextet members are Carole (Mrs. Jack) Ferry, Sheryl (Mrs. Ron) Barnes, Jane (Mrs. William) Parker, Doris (Mrs. Gerald) O'Keeffe, Jeanie (Mrs. George) Wendt and Phyllis (Mrs. William) Owens.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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