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: 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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