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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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