Day in history for May 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
An advertisement appeared in this paper announcing that the Spalding And Rogers circus will present a show at Rock Island on board the ``Floating Circus'' at 2 and 7 p.m. May 26. Prices of admittance: Dress circle (all arm chairs), 50 cents; family boxes (cushioned seats) and gallery, 25 cents.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles held an outdoor drill last night and marched like regulars.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Harry Bray of Quincy and Charles Schneider of Rock Island were elected grand councilor and grand sentinel, respectively, of the Illinois grand council of the United Travelers at a meeting in the Odd Fellows Hall today.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Indictments in 23 prohibition violation cases again were certified to county court.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The new Rock Island terminal of the Dohrn Transfer Co., kingpin of them all, is being officially opened today. Located at 26th Avenue and 5th Street, the massive terminal, costing in excess of $300,000, has been called the trucking gateway to the northwest. Attending the open house ceremony tonight will be Quad-Cities civic and business leaders as well as customers of the Dohrn firm which has headquarters in Rock Island.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Investors say they will build a $40 million rail and barge terminal on the Mississippi River near Clinton that could provide enough traffic to keep the river open during the winter.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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