Day in history for January 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We understand Miss Juliette Heath has established herself in town for the purpose of taking under her charge children who may be confided to her tutelage in all branches of education required.

1878 -- 125 years ago
``May Cody or Lost and Won'' was the attraction at Dart's Hall. ``Buffalo Bill'' appeared in person and the famous Mountain Meadow massacre was portrayed.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The head office of the Modern Woodmen of America located in Rock Island reported that during 1902 the resources were $65,000,000 worth of insurance carried.

1928 -- 75 years ago
High honors in Girl Scouting have been won by Miss Irene Atkinson of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Monmouth's original fire truck, a 1916 model America-LaFrance combination hose and pumper truck, has been sold by the city and probably will be displayed with a collection of antiques at fairs throughout the country next fall. The truck had been in a Monmouth garage for several years after larger and more modern pieces of equipment had been purchased.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Three Illinois farmers were named the state's most ``Outstanding Young Farmers'' in an annual competition sponsored by the Illinois Jaycees. First place winner was Dave Jenks, 28, Monmouth. Roger Bengtson, 34, Geneseo, took second place and Doug Erickson, 28, Mokena, won third place.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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