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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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