Day in history for May 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Pawnee, one of the largest class of steamers, passed up the river this morning with two lighters in tow and loaded to the guards with railroad iron. She was bound for Galena.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles had an inspection drill last evening. Col. Butler was the inspecting officer.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The fourth annual convention of the United Christian party came to an end at the Black Hawk Inn at Watch Tower last evening. It was decided that hereafter all the work of the party would be performed by a committee-of-the-whole.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Roy H. McKinney, 1800 1st St., Rock Island, was elected president of the Rock Island aerie, No. 956, Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was opposed by Francis A. Moody.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Approximately 3,000 brooms will go on sale tomorrow morning when Rock Island Lions attempt to sweep in enough money to more than meet their $1,000 guarantee to the Boy Scout camp fund. Lions and locations will be scattered through the city in both trucks and booths.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The ``East Moline College of Hard Knocks,'' a ``school'' proposed in February by Mayor Dennis Jacobs, has moved one step closer to reality. Jacobs said that police negotiators and the city council's finance committee tentatively have agreed to establish the ``college,'' his nickname for experience bonuses to be given veteran cops.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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