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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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