Day in history for February 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council authorized the city marshal to destroy all dogs found running at large within the limits of the city without good and sufficient muzzles on their jaws.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It being Sunday, the Rev. George R. Palmer preached at the Fifth Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church on ``some thoughts suggested by Henry Ward Beecher's Chicago sermon.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council last night voted in favor of the proposition to sell a city lot on 17th Street to Mrs. Anna Corcoran at her bid of $1,250.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The withdrawal of Anton Cermak, Chicago, leaves the gubernatorial field to Justice Floyd E. Thompson of Rock Island in the Democratic primary.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Roads which will form part of the Illinois route of a supersafe travelway from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico were named in the report of the Mississippi Scenic Parkway commission to Governor William G. Stratton. Illinois Route 80, through Cordova, Port Byron, Hampton and Silvis, would be part of the designated thoroughfare.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Three Burlington-Northern locomotives and 59 cars were derailed just north of Hillsdale along Ill. 2. No injuries were reported, but damage is estimated at more than $250,000. Damages include $20,000 to the track, $20,000 to the locomotives, and the rest to demolished freight cars.

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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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