Day in history for January 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
What now constitutes the States of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, having twenty-three Representatives and six Senators in Congress, was not many years ago one Congressional District; and the delegate who then represented all this territory is yet living.

1878 -- 125 years ago
George Skinner, formerly of Rock Island, is being considered for general manager of the Canadian Southern Railway. He is former general superintendent of the Rockford, Rock Island And St. Louis Railroad.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Another case of smallpox has been reported to authorities.

1928 -- 75 years ago
F.J. Budelier was elected president of the Rock Island Fire And Casualty Insurance Board.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Moline Public Hospital building program is being moved ahead of schedule in view of an offer from the Federal Public Health Service to provide a $500,000 grant of defense funds. Announcement of the offer was made by Mayor Paul C. Johnson of Moline and Edmond M. Cook, president of the hospital board of directors.

1978 -- 25 years ago
To meter or not to meter (water) was the $125,000 question raised by Green Rock aldermen at Tuesday's council meeting. City engineer Hank Mayer, while reporting possible costs for test hole borings for a second well, advised against the well and suggested instead the unpopular method of water conservation, meters.

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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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