Day in history for August 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
At Galena the other day The Argus editor visited the Hesler's Dagueerean Gallery. He does not require a tedious sitting for his pictures, but simply one flash of light and the work is done. He has forwarded specimen's of his pictures to the world's fair.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Fifteen Rock Island people have gone to Island Wild, a lake in central Wisconsin and the summer resort of members of Gideon's band.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Thirty bums were picked up by Rock Island police in the railroad yards last night. A more ungodly crew has seldom been confined at police headquarters.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Edison School will be formally opened Sept. 21.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Bob Stucker, 1849 39th St., Rock Island, was awarded a trophy at the victory banquet of the National Model Airplane Championships at the naval air station, Willow Grove, Pa., last Sunday. Stucker won third place in the control line, senior scale, event. The meet was sponsored by the National Exchange Club with the Academy of Model Aeronautics officiating at the events and the United States Navy acting as host.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Ian McLaughlin of Rock Island lost to second-seeded Ben Testerman of Chattanooga, Tenn., in the third round of the national tennis championships for boys 16 years old. McLaughlin lost 6-3, 6-0. He plays in the consolation round today against Mike Lee of Phoenix, Ariz.

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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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