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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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