Day in history for May 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Smith of the seminary, with his school, held a picnic on the island. We are told it was a very pleasant affair. The school is quite large and flourishing.

1878 -- 125 years ago
John E. Ennis, immigration agent for the International and Great Northern Railroad of Texas, was registered at the Rock Island House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Commencement exercises at Augustana College will be May 28. The seminary commencement is May 27.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A truckload of beer, approximately 300 gallons, was seized by Deputy Sheriff F.R. Schleuter at the corner of 16th Ave. and 10th St., East Moline, at 12:15 Saturday night.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The sale of the Lytle Lincoln collection, valued at $15,000, was approved in an order signed by Scott County District Court Judge Walter A. Newport. It is reported that several Quad-City groups and individuals are interested in obtaining the large collection of Lincoln books, papers and other materials owned by the late Harry F. Lytle, Davenport auto dealer.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County officials are conducting a new inventory of Niabi Zoo stock as the first step in improving control over free-wheeling animal trades. The inventory follows State's Attorney Edward Keefe's call for better records at the troubled zoo, and marks the first time the auditor's office has played a role in checking forest preserve commission affairs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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