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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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