Day in history for May 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Lewis M. Webber was elected to serve as Second Ward alderman until Nov. 1, 1854, and C. Lynde, Sr., was named alderman of the Third Ward for the same period. Lynde was without opposition while Webber defeated the Walsh, Hakes And Co. candidate by a majority of 20 votes.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Members of the county board were contemplating donating their salaries in order to help the fund for the poor.

1903 -- 100 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland left today for El Paso, Ill., to take part in a Masonic inspection.

1928 -- 75 years ago
John H. Hauberg accepted election to the office of president of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island shoppers will be parking free in Spencer Square by fall or before. This was the surprise announcement by Mayor Carl F. Bauer that brought heavy applause from those attending the parking forum last night in the city council chambers. Mayor Bauer told The Argus that the expense of converting the square will be borne by the city, and he gave a preliminary estimate of $10,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Beginning June 1 and continuing through Sept. 1, containers containing colorful live flowers will replace all of the meter heads along both sides of State Street, Geneseo, from the Rock Island Lines crossing south to Second Street. The project is being sponsored by the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce.

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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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