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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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