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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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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