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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