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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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