Day in history for May 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Announcement was made that the Rt. Rev. Bishop Vandevelde will officiate at St. James Catholic Church, Rock Island, on June 15. The bishop has just returned from a tour of the south, greatly improved in health and spirit.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Willie Florence of the Harper House was out in his new boat last evening. He says he will not have to look over his shoulder to see any of the boys in a race.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Norris, Mrs. Cleland and Mrs. Wright of the patriotic instruction committee of the Woman's Relief Corps presented the high school this morning with a framed copy of the Declaration of Independence.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Purchase of approximately 21 acres of land on the Rock Island-Moline border for $15,000 from members of the Joshua Brooks family by the board of directors of Bethany Home as a site for a future home was announced today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Between 300 and 400 bankers from many cities in Illinois and other states of the Midwest are in this city today to visit the Rock Island Bank and Trust Company on the occasion of the formal opening of the bank's modernized headquarters.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A ``watered down'' version of the proclamation declaring this Equal Rights for Women Week was approved by the Rock Island County Board. The county board approved version was written by board member Ruth Klouda, D-Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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