Day in history for June 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mrs. Emily Gertrude Macauliff, St. Louis, plans to make either Rock Island or Davenport her residence for the summer. Next autumn she intends to publish a volume of her poetry, entitled ``Gleanings of Memory.''

1878 -- 125 years ago
Some 250 excursionists from Aledo visited Rock Island today. They ate lunch in courthouse park. The affair was sponsored by Allen's Business College of Aledo.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Class day exercises of the Rock Island graduating class were held in the assembly room last evening. Frank Bruner read the class prophecy. Roy Sears made an address, presenting the class present to the school, a copy of Bologna's statue of ``Flying Mercury.'' A one-act farce, ``The Fatal Message,'' concluded the program.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Sarah Ann Walker, 1556 40th St., Rock Island, received a letter of congratulations from President Coolidge on her 102nd birthday anniversary.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A public meeting has been called for 7:30 p.m. Monday in Wells grade school, south of East Moline, to discuss the possibility of annexing the Wells district to the East Moline Grade School District.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Paul Swanson, owner of an accident-prone house at 435 8th St., Moline, is worried sick that someone is going to be killed on her property. In the past eight months, three cars traveling on 5th Avenue have left the road and crashed into her duplex.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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