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 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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