Day in history for May 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Four large rafts of lumber landed here during the past week. The largest load was purchased by George Mixter for his lumber business.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Today was Memorial Day. The soldiers' monument in the courthouse square was decorated. Among the speakers were Capt. L.M. Haverstick, Dr. P. Gregg, the Rev. G.R. Palmer, Judge Glenn and others. The Oquawka band played at the levee.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rain marred the observance of Memorial Day. The exercises of the morning were held in the Illinois Theater. T.J. Fitzpatrick of Dubuque was the speaker. There was a parade. The afternoon ceremonies had to be abandoned.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Memorial Day was observed in Rock Island with a patriotic parade through the business district and exercises at the courthouse and cemetery commemorating gallant service of soldiers dead.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the first time in more than a decade RCA Victor Corporation has recorded the Augustana choir. A continuous 8-hour recording session was held, with just one 45-minute break, to record approximately 50 minutes of music. The Augustana choir will be the first choral group to appear on the RCA Victor Bluebird label.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A new telecommunications system is being installed by Illinois Bell at Lutheran Hospital, Moline. Called Centrex III, this system will serve some 450 telephones.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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