Day in history for May 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Peach trees have been in blossom about ten days here. From present appearances, there will be plenty of fruit this season.

1878 -- 125 years ago
George Dawson, little son of Isaac Dawson, foreman in Buford's Moulding Shop, drowned yesterday in the Mississippi River. While playing on the shore he is supposed to have stepped on some loose stones and rolled down into the water. He was five years old.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Alderman Westby introduced a resolution at the meeting of the Rock Island City Council last night increasing the police force to 21 men.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The consolidation of the Harned And Von Maur and the J.H.C. Petersen's Sons Co., two of Davenport's largest department stores, and the two oldest, was announced today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Harry John Brown, conductor of the Tri-City Symphony Orchestra, will visit Mr. and Mrs. William Primrose in England. Mr. Primrose is known internationally as a violist and has appeared with the Tri-City Orchestra. Mr. Brown will visit in Paris with Mrs. William Butterworth of Moline, and in Switzerland with Eugene Ormandy, reknowned conductor.

1978 -- 25 years ago
William Getz, president of Williams White And Co., Moline, and Jean Alice Small, vice president and associate editor of the Kankakee Journal, were appointed by Governor James R. Thompson as trustees to the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

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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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