Day in history for May 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Major Barrett of the Rock Island House has just added some ten or a dozen spacious and comfortable rooms to his hotel.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A number of members of the Barrett chapter, Royal Arch Masons, last night received the Royal Master and Select Master degrees. The ceremonies were conducted by J.W. Matthews, H.C. Cleaveland and H. Burgower.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The body of an unknown man was found floating in the Mississippi yesterday afternoon opposite Watertown by Henry Turner of the Watertown Hospital, who was out rowing. A rope with rocks tied to it was attached to the body.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Harold ``Shorty'' Almquist, University of Minnesota football star, indicated that he would accept a contract as football and baseball coach at Augustana College.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline city council authorized purchase of six 10-karat gold engraved badges for the six aldermen who were elected April 21. They will be purchased through Malcolm Jewelers on the basis of a low estimate of $95.42.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Gina Banfield, an eighth grade student at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School in Moline, is one of 200 winners in Scholastic Magazines' ``Do It Your Way'' Energy Awards Competition. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Banfield, 5019 52nd Ave., Moline. Gina submitted a picture of a frog with the slogan, ``I turned my pad down to 65 degrees. Why don't you?''

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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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