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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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