Day in history for May 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Dr. Gregg's office is now in the rooms recently occupied as a daugerrotype gallery.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Magill's office was burglarized. There is no clue to the guilty parties. Gold plate was stolen.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. C.T. Williams of Rock Island won the second handicap tournament at the Arsenal Golf Club with a handicap of 24 and a net score of 111.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The launching of a seaplane from a point on the Rock Island levee, between 18th and 19th streets, marked the initial step in the proposed establishment of an airport for this city on the Mississippi river front. The plan calls for the building of a passenger dock and hangar within the course of a few weeks.

1953 -- 50 years ago
It rained red paint in one section of downtown Rock Island. Workers for the Alpha Erection Co., Edelstein, Ill., were painting the WHBF-TV tower at 18th St. and 3rd Ave. when one of them dropped a bucket of paint. The paint splattered surrounding autos.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Tracy Eckert, standout guard on Moline's basketball team, was selected as a Prep All-American Girl Athlete. The All-American award was presented by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. Eckert is one of 100 girls chosen throughout the country. The senior was selected for outstanding athletic achievement in several sports, including basketball, volleyball, track and softball.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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