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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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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