Day in history for August 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The professor officer of the state asylum at Jacksonville and seven of his deaf pupils visited our city last evening and held a public exhibition at the court. The house was full of ladies and gentlemen who were highly amazed at the knowledge of grammar, history and mathematics the scholars exhibited.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Judge Cornelius Lynde, Jr., and a party have arrived home from Europe.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At the Ninth Street Park horse races yesterday, the winners were Dutch Boy, Lou H, Tommy Hammond and Yellow Rose.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. H.C. First of 1031 21st St., Rock Island, 89-year-old veteran of the Civil War, was one of the honor guard at the casket of Abraham Lincoln, following his assassination.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The first step to annex the Maple Grove school tract to the city of Moline was taken by the board of education when it adopted a resolution asking the mayor and the city council to bring the school land within the city limits. Basis for the request was to provide adequate water supply for fire protection and drinking purposes.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The customers were pushing their noses in the big glass windows of Venture's new Moline store as early as 8:30 this morning. The customers were waiting for the store's debut, called a ``soft opening'' by Manager Bill Blaylock. The grand opening for the store located at 2000 36th Ave., is slated for October.

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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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