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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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