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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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