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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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