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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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