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: 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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