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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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