Day in history for May 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Robert W. Smith was elected city clerk by the Rock Island city council to succeed A.G. Brackett, who resigned.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A social gathering of the Rock Island County Bar was held last evening in the home of C.M. Osborn, nearly every attorney in the county being present. The event was in honor of Judge Glenn, who is presiding at the present session of the circuit court.

1903 -- 100 years ago
John P. Sexton, chairman of the Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee, stated in a proclamation that a meeting of the committee held last night, was not representative and of no force. At the meeting, a motion by John P. Looney that the committee go into executive session and exclude press representatives was carried.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Emily Anthony, deputy probate clerk, was elected junior vice commander of the Disabled American Veterans of the World War of Illinois.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Groundbreaking service for the new $500,000 library building at Augustana Theological Seminary took place yesterday as part of the 93rd annual convocation and commencement.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities will host a first-of-its-kind seminar on how businesses can deal with threats posed by terrorists to corporate executives and property. The ``Terrorism Today'' seminar will be held in the Sheraton-Rock Island, June 5 and 6.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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