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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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