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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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