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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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