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: 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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