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: 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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