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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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