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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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