Day in history for May 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Twenty-six steamboats stopped at Rock Island during the past week.

1878 -- 125 years ago
D.R. Candor of Hamlet was a guest at the Commercial House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that Dr. C.E. Lindberg would preach the baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class at Augustana College May 24. The English address is to be delivered by Dr. G.A. Brandelle.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A field meet of Rock Island public schools, the first in the city's history, will be held Friday afternoon at Douglas Park, Harry Behnamann, director of athletics, announced today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Although television is blamed for cutting into the reading habits of the American public, Rock Island adult residents checked out 2,446 more library books in the 1952-53 fiscal year than in the year before. However, television may be the cause of the decline in the number of juvenile books circulated. Six thousand, two hundred and ninety fewer children's books were loaned during 1952-53 than the year before.

1978 -- 25 years ago
It has become fashionable to put down Kewanee. A citizens group in the self-proclaimed Hog Capital of the World is fed up with the bad-mouthing it's been hearing about its city. The group, led by the Chamber of Commerce, has hired a consultant to eliminate the town's inferiority complex and give it a new self-image.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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