Day in history for May 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
J.J. Bearsley, Esq., was appointed prosecutor for the opening term of circuit court in the absence of Mr. Miller. N. Belcher, Esq., Port Byron, was appointed foreman of the grand jury. There are 71 cases at common law; 31, chancery; and 34 peoples'.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Rock Islanders were looking forward to Van Ambergh's circus, an event of May 16.

1903 -- 100 years ago
John Kinney, Hardy Hetter and Dick Kell were appointed patrolmen by Rock Island Mayor McConochie.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Charles J. Larkin was elected to his 21st term as president of the Rock Island Public Library Board.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Arrested yesterday afternoon following a chase in the Davenport business district, William A. Wheeler, 34, Cresco, Iowa, was fined $25 and costs in police court today on a larceny charge. Police testified Wheeler stole 14 pairs of socks from Woolworth's store.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Augustana College board of directors voted to construct two apartment-type dormitory buildings on the campus at a total cost of $246,000. Together they will accommodate approximately 48 students. The buildings will be located on college-owned property at the corner of 9 1/2 Avenue and Bergendoff Court. The site is directly west of the former college president's home. Construction is scheduled to begin May 15 and completion is anticipated by Sept. 30.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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