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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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