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: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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