Day in history for May 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Late rains and cold weather prevented corn planting as early as farmers wished. Prospects are good for a heavy wheat crop, both spring and winter.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A holiness convention was in session at the Ninth Street Methodist Church. The Rev. L.B. Kent was in charge.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Members of Siboney Bay Camp Spanish-American War veterans were heading a movement to bring the 1904 state encampment to Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Members of the Rock Island city council last night voted to increase water rents 25 percent and cut $20,000 from the light fund to make possible the maintenance of the municipal government in 1928-29.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Cornelius Bodine, Jr., 36, currently city manager at Paducah, Ky., has been selected as Rock Island's first city manager, Mayor Carl F. Bauer announced. The new city manager will assume his duties on June 1. Bodine will receive an annual salary of $9,500.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Stanley ``Stash'' Kohl is out to beat the odds. His dream was to start his own store where he could make and sell sausage. Kohl says his seven-month-old store, Stashu and Sons, 5026 4th Ave., Moline, is struggling to keep afloat, but it will not drown. ``We're paying our bills,'' the East Moline sausage maker said. And Kohl believes he has what it takes to successfully sell what he believes is the best sausage around.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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