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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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