Day in history for May 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The public is invited to a free ride on the new ferry, Iowa, anytime Sunday afternoon. The proprietors of the ferry devote that afternoon to the public, giving all who desire to visit Davenport or the Island a free ride and an opportunity to examine the new boat.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Burglars made an unsuccessful attempt Saturday night to enter the dry goods store of Mitchell And Parsons.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Notwithstanding adverse press reports, officials of the Modern Woodmen of America were confident that the battle for rate adjustment was won at sessions of state camps held yesterday.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Harold H. Slocum, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Slocum, Rock Island, was one of seven University of Illinois students who built a successful television machine. W.N. Parker of Chicago, a senior in the college of engineering, developed the machine.

1953 -- 50 years ago
There is an ordinance banning bicycles on sidewalks in Moline but aldermen said they believe it shouldn't be enforced in the Molette addition while 23rd Avenue is closed to traffic. The same is true along 34th St. where many children ride bicycles to and from school.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials received word that a $285,150 Environmental Protection Agency grant has been approved that gives the go-ahead for implementation of design of the Rock River Regional Sewage Treatment System.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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