Day in history for May 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The discovery of lead near this city is likely to prove of much importance to this community. A quantity of the mineral, washed and ready for smelting, is now at Mr. Andrew's warehouse and will be shipped to Galena.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Total Abstinence Society of St. Joseph's Church gave a ball at Hillier's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island businessmen, meeting at the Harms Hotel, protested against the contemplated location of the city dump boat on the 17th Street levee.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Guy O. Rodgers was scheduled to return as superintendent of the Rock Island Rescue Mission.

1953 -- 50 years ago
More than a hundred early morning diners are expected to attend the annual Straw Hat breakfast Friday morning in the Temple Club. Edwin A. Law, chairman for the sponsoring retail bureau of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce said straw hats are the ``order of the day,'' though not mandatory. The yearly occasion opens the summer shopping season in Rock Island.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Traci Anderson, a sixth grader in Betsy Ross School at Coal Valley, won the grand prize for her entry on drug abuse at the school's science fair. Her entry included a number of pipes used to smoke various materials and items common in the home that can be habit-forming. She also wrote a comprehensive report. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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