Day in history for May 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
James Kelly has been appointed postmaster for Rock Island, according to private information received here from Washington.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Court adjourned today on account of the funeral of R.K. Swan in Moline, a prominent manufacturer.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mayor William McConochie announced the line of march for the Memorial Day parade. The mayor is to be the marshal for the day.

1928 -- 75 years ago
James F. Witter and Robert C. Mitchell were candidates for reelection to the Rock Island board of education.

1953 -- 50 years ago
One of the oldest buildings in Davenport, the 101-year-old 3-story structure at 532 W. 2nd St., is to be torn down. Damaged by fire last winter, the building is not to be repaired because of the prohibitive cost, according to Atty. George Havercamp, representing the Charles Hild estate, the owners. It was built in 1852 by Jochim Schoel for a residence for his brother-in-law, Claus Steffen.

1978 -- 25 years ago
If parents seem a little puffed up with pride around graduation time, Mr. and Mrs. Arlyn Toppert, rural Prophetstown, probably are ready to bust. All four of their children are graduating from their schools this spring. Gary, 13, Lyndon Junior High. Kent, 17, Prophetstown High. Beth, 19, Black Hawk College, associate's degree in dental assistantship. Mark, 21, Texas A And M University, bachelor's degree in agricultural economics.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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