Day in history for February 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
J.B. Danforth, Jr., Esq., of the Rock Island Republican has received the appointment of aid to Gov. Matteson. The sword and pistols have not yet come to hand.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A grand ball was held at the Harper House last night by the Hawkeye division, No. 41, Conductors Brotherhood.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Early yesterday morning fire damaged the home of Col. C.W. Durham to the extent of $2,500.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Miss Margaret Karlson, Rock Island, won first place in the ``Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'' contest conducted by The Argus and the Fort Armstrong Theater.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A 500-pound safe, containing about $900 in cash and $3,452 in checks, was stolen from the Shamrock Tavern, 8th and LeClaire, Davenport. Fearing that Davenport again may be the target for safe thieves, Police Chief Les Jurgens issued orders to all squad car officers to be on a ``close lookout'' while patrolling their beats at night.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Robert H. Hurlbutt, 2426 Kelling, Davenport, was named Engineer of the Year by the Quad-Cities Joint Engineering Council. Hurlbutt is the assistant chief of the engineering division, U.S. Army Engineer District, Rock Island. A registered professional and structural engineer, he has worked on locks 11, 15, 19, 21, and 22. He has received several previous awards for outstanding performance.

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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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