Day in history for May 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Among those who have recently taken up their residence in this city are Robert W. Smith and Messrs. Pleasants and Henderson, attorneys. Mr. Smith came here from Ohio. Atty. Pleasants from Washington, D.C., and Atty. Henderson is a native of Illinois.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. G.R. Palmer, pastor of Fifth Avenue Methodist Church, preached on ``Elements of Strength in the Christian Church.'' His evening subject was ``Upward Steps Leading to Liberty.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
An increase of from 40 to 65 percent in the cost of delivering ice was reported.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City Chambers of Commerce planned to honor William Butterworth, Moline, new national president, at a dinner.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A budget of $2,211,845, including a $960,000 item for continuation of the long-range building and modernization program at Moline Public Hospital, was approved yesterday afternoon during a conference of city council finance committee and hospital board members.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Despite uncooperative weather, volunteer bird counters in the Illinois Audubon Society's spring bird count cited more species this year than last. Elton Fawks, Rock Island County chairman for the count, said 102 species had been reported by Saturday night, tying last year's total. Two volunteers had not yet filed their reports. The rarest bird found was a Wilson's Phalarope.

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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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