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: 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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