Day in history for May 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We were on board the New York last week, a fine large class steamer from the Ohio River. She made a trip to Dubuque. We hope to see her here again. Capt. Gilmore, her excellent commander, stated that he had 500 passengers on board when he left St. Louis.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The raft boat Minnesota passed up today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island naval militia scored a success at the Illinois Theater last night in the play, ``Lights and Shadows of the Great Rebellion.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Victor H. Drescher, Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Typographical Union, No. 107.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Burglars stole safes from three places, two in Moline and the third from a drive-in theater early today, battered them open on the Indian Bluff forest preserve road and escaped with an estimated $2,000 cash. Heaviest loser was the Semri Drive-In Theater, south of Silvis, where an estimated $1,000 was taken. Schlegel Drug Store lost about $750 and Crowe's Auto Sales $293.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A smelly problem that has existed for many years for a few Rock Island residents will be brought before the Milan Village Board May 15. The residents claim the odor, which is unbearable several nights a week, comes from Milan's sewage-treatment plant, but a Milan employee says the smell is caused by Davenport Packing Co. The packing firm blames the village of Milan.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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