Day in history for January 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council has adopted an ordinance setting a fine of $5 for any person who permits any horse or other beast of burden, or vehicle of any kind, on any sidewalk in the city.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Lew Benedict's minstrels gave a performance last evening at Dart's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that Postmaster Thomas has been granted permission to establish two sub-stations in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Fred A. Berglund was elected president of the Merchant's Credit Association of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Once a showplace for steam-engine repair of the Rock Island Lines in Silvis, the roundhouse which was erected in 1903, one year before the Silvis Shops were constructed, will be torn down next month. The 96-foot turntable includes 40 engine stalls. The railroad replaced all steam engines with diesel units Nov. 1.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Whiteside and Henry Counties are still digging out from the snowfall and the 50 m.p.h. winds that swept the area last week, leaving snowdrifts 9 and 10 feet deep. Whiteside County highway superintendent James Schoenhard said two county roads still have 9 foot snow drifts limiting travel to one-lane traffic. He said so much snow has accumulated in the county that ``there's no place to put it anymore.''

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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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