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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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