Day in history for May 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
N. Belcher, Port Byron, as foreman, headed a grand jury including: Joseph Askew, Jonathan Cool, Calvin Goodrich, A.D. Gibbons, George W. Harris, John Dickson, Hiram B. Hatch, Randall McLaughlin, J.T. Bartlett, David M. Duffield, James Reynolds, George R. McMurphy, Andrew Devinney, Michael Hartzell, W.D. Mason, Stewart Hoon, David Hawes, Bailey Davenport, C.D. Platt, Abraham Crabbs, Mark Harris and Amaziah Thornton.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A dispatch received from Southampton, England, announced the arrival of Jonas Bear and family on the steamer Donau.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At a meeting of the Christian Endeavor Society of the Memorial Christian Church, Miss Rena Means was elected president.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana College band was given a farewell ovation as it departed on its European tour.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Geneseo ground observer post was put in operation at the observation tower in the American Legion hall. Robert Powell, post supervisor, stated that 80 more volunteers are needed to put the post on a 24-hour daily operation basis.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mark Pustelnik, 10, tied for first and wound up with the second-place trophy in the United States Wrestling Federation national tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich. Pustelnik, representing the East Moline Wrestling Club, won his first four bouts decisively and battled to a 2-2 draw with his final opponent.

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