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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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