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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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