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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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