Day in history for January 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The population of Rock Island at the end of 1852 has been placed at 3,475.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Argus noted that citizens of Woodhull were paying 15 cents a pound for butter.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The department store of Young And McCombs was closed and the stock was in charge of Stevens And Co., Chicago, adjustors, pending settlement of a claim held against the firm by a Chicago wholesale house.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The wind attained a velocity of 45 miles an hour and considerable damage was caused to the lighting system and poles last night. A number of minor injuries was reported.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the first time in history, the more than 7,500 pupils in Moline public schools will have the opportunity of viewing the inauguration of a President of the United States on television. Each school in the system has arranged for its pupils to view the inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A federal judge's decree that high school girls must be allowed to participate alongside boys in contact sports like football, basketball and wrestling has little support among Quad-Cities athletic officials. ``I think it would be more of a hardship sentence than a privilege,'' said Gene McCarter, athletic director at United Township High School. ``I shudder to think of one of my daughters up against a 215-pound linebacker.''

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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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