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: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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