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: 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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