Day in history for February 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The authorities of Chicago are killing dogs in that city. Served 'em right. We are doing the same thing here.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Charles Wolff opposite the post office was advertising for pigeons, offering to pay 10 cents apiece.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island naval reserve unit gave its fifth annual ball at the armory hall last evening. One hundred couples attended.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The period for filing of primary petitions closed with only one contest for a Rock Island County office slated.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Representatives of the city council, park board and recreation commission voted 21 to 0 to locate Rock Island's $300,000 swimming pool in Lincoln Park, provided no other more centrally located site can be found. The action was taken when it was learned the park board strongly opposes location of the pool in Long View Park.

1978 -- 25 years ago
For those who believe in fairy tales, Rock Island High School is switching some of its 1978 football games from Friday nights to Saturday afternoons because its stadium lights are inadequate. ``Lighting is secondary,'' according to Preston Walker, chief of security for the Rock Island School District. ``It's security. It's all the problems with the kids sneaking over the fence, getting in fights in the stadium and drinking.''

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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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