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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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