Day in history for May 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
P.S. Albert was elected supervisor of sidewalks and N.B. Buford was appointed city weigher by the Rock Island city council.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Fred Hass secured a contract for $6,000 worth of copper work for a concern in Utah City.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The announcement was made that T.J. Fitzpatrick would deliver the oration at the Memorial Day exercises tomorrow. The Rev. W.S. Marquis will speak at the cemetery services.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Police Officers Charles Starbuck and William Wilkens fired a volley of revolver shots at two men fleeing in an auto with stolen tires early this morning. They succeeded in overtaking the thieves after a chase of five blocks.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Twenty-four-hour-a-day correct time service by telephone will be inaugurated at midnight by the Rock Island Bank and Trust Co. Ray W. Osterman, bank president, said the service is being offered as a public service gesture to provide Quad-City area residents with a source for obtaining the accurate time. The bank contracted for the service with the Illinois Bell Telephone Co.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The age of the 15-cent postage stamp begins Monday. At 12:01 a.m. local time Monday, the 13-cent stamp disappears from prominence, a setback for President Carter, who wanted that amount to remain for a special ``citizens rate'' for use on personal mail.

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