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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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