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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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