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 Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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