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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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