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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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