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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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