Day in history for May 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Steam Saw and Flouring Mill at Port Byron, owned by George W. and John Gates, was destroyed by fire. The loss, estimated at $6,000, included 2,500 bushels of wheat. The loss was not covered by insurance.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. S.M.I. Henry of the ladies' state temperance alliance was scheduled to address a meeting for young women in Rock Island Wednesday.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At the annual meeting of the Broadway Presbyterian Church last night, Phil Mitchell, S.S. Davis and Paul Hamilton were re-elected trustees for a period of three years. Dr. J.W. Stewart and Fred Titterington were re-elected elders and Mrs. Paul Hamilton was chosen deaconess.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The students and faculty of Augustana College staged an impromptu celebration on the campus when the $1,000,000 mark in the endowment campaign was passed.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline aldermen learned the origin of an old cannon which stood for many years in City Hall Park. The information was contained in a letter from officials of Col. Edward Kittilsen Camp, United Spanish War Veterans, stating the cannon is an old Spanish gun, taken as a prize by the 6th Illinois Infantry Regiment while the unit was in Puerto Rico.

1978 -- 25 years ago
East Moline residents will be on their own this summer in the fight against pesky mosquitoes. Aldermen have used the revenue-sharing funds to finance the city's war against mosquitoes. This year, however, there's just no money available.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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