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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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