Day in history for May 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The press everywhere condemns in most decided terms the cowardly attempt of Hakes upon the life of the editor of this paper.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The annual review of the fire department took place today. Chief James Johnson, with a delegation from each company, headed by Biehl's band, marched to the ferry landing and welcomed a Davenport delegation.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Eight high school girls, Elsa Simon, Mae Lidders, Myrtle Barber, Adelia Schoessel, Nannie Miller, Irma Kohn, Isabel Osborn and Margo Kohn, had as their guests at Watch Tower Inn last evening Will Schroeder, Will Snyder, Arthur Huesing, Carsten Franck, Roy Sears, Tom Clark, John Mudge and Tom Mirfield. The evening was spent in dancing. The party was chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. Jay Clarkson.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Miss Dorothy Dunn, Rock Island High School senior, will enact the leading role in the Fort Armstrong home talent review.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Here's a warning to Davenport housewives. The city's clothesline thief is at work again. Mrs. Lee Brown, 637 Kirkwood, reported to police that 12 articles of clothing were stolen from the clothesline in the yard of her home.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Rev. Edgar J.H. Otto, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, East Moline, will receive the Servus Ecclesiae Christi Award from Concordia Theological Seminary in its alumni honors convocation Friday at Ft. Wayne, Ind.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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