Day in history for January 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island should have a large first class hotel. Our city has suffered more and has been retarded more in its growth for want of a commodius modern hotel than anything else.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Daniel Hoesli was named foreman of the Wide Awake Hook And Ladder Company, No. 2.

1903 -- 100 years ago
W.J. Kahlke was elected financial secretary and Dr. F.H. First treasurer of the First Baptist Church.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School basketball players defeated Cambridge High 23 to 22.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Bettendorf city council took action to double its land area. Aldermen passed a resolution to present an annexation measure to the voters which would extend the Bettendorf city limits northward to a line running parallel with the northern city limits of Davenport and eastward to the Devil's Glen Road.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Shoppers at Moline's City Line Plaza got a taste of what New Yorkers fear most, the blackout. But the 3:25 p.m. power failure which plunged the stores into blackness and silenced background music didn't halt the shoppers desires to buy. Scores of customers in Jewel Food Store stood momentarily still as the aisles went dark, then went right on with their shopping. When the lights came back a few minutes later, shoppers spotted a new hazard, the checkout lanes.

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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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