Day in history for May 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The new steam ferry, ``Iowa,'' built for service between Rock Island and Davenport, was reported ready to run. She has a good saloon for passengers.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Some very fine fresco work in the home of Dr. Thomas Galt was the subject of admiring comment. It was the work of K.A. Norling, graduate of the Academy of Art, Stockholm, Sweden.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Sunday School convention held its closing session today. Marion Humphreys of Milan was re-elected president. Miss Millicent Spencer of Rock Island was elected recording secretary.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A large crowd attended the first annual rally of Rock Island Girl Scouts.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fire that destroyed a two-story, brick building of E. Slivken And Son, 1605 1st St., Rock Island, probably broke out under a shed, fire officials said today. At the same time, the loss from the blaze tentatively was set at more than $27,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Harold Burns, 4310 18th Ave., Rock Island, says he has a lot in common with Noah, the master craftsman who the Bible says built a massive ark 5,000 years ago. Burns has built an ark, much smaller than Noah's, but otherwise an exact replica. He spent more than 600 hours and $400 building the vessel. He fashioned the ark from hard pine and balsa wood, etched to make it look exactly as he believes the original vessel looked.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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