Day in history for May 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A large raft of beautiful lumber landed at our levee last week and was purchased by Geo. Mixter, Esq. There was 250,000. We suppose it will be offered for sale at his lumber yard.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It was announced here that ice was selling for one cent a pound at Quincy.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Jacob Silverman's grocery store was damaged slightly by fire yesterday morning.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Tri-City Railway Company notified Mayor Thompson of intention to abandon the State Park line south of 29th Avenue, Rock Island, if new paving is ordered.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Montgomery Elevator And Service Co. of Kansas City has been purchased outright by the Moline Elevator Co., which operates in the Kansas City area as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Montgomery Elevator Co. of Moline. Announcement of the purchase was made by J.J. Hank, vice president and treasurer of Montgomery Elevator Co. of Moline. It is considered that Montgomery Elevator Co. of Moline is the third largest elevator manufacturer in the United States.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A 10-year goal was achieved when the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department bought 15 home monitors at $121 each. The first monitor was bought 10 years ago. With a potential of 25 members, the fire department now has a monitor for each fireman's home. The firemen no longer have to rely on hearing the siren.

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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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