Day in history for February 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The ice has broken up in the river, but is not gone out. Probably the river will clear of ice in a few days, when we may expect the boats to commence their regular trips.

1878 -- 125 years ago
P.T. McElherne of the law firm of McElherne And O'Mara announced his intention to move to Chicago and engage in legal practice.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A home-talent vaudeville show was given at the Illinois Theater last night under the auspices of Mrs. Ben T. Cable and a group of women. There was an exhibition by the girls' fencing drill team, songs by a ``Pickininny Chorus'' and a minuet dance scene.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Guy O. Rodgers, until recently head of the Rock Island Rescue Mission, will celebrate his ninth birthday Feb. 29, being one of the few ``Leap Year Babies'' in Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Barton Swales and Harry Martin, both of Rock Island, were fined $25 and assessed court costs by Police Magistrate Lester Eckstrom in Milan on charges of snagging fish. The two men were arrested by Harold Knight and Hank Hanna, conservation officers.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities Chapter of the Administrative Management Society crowned Terri Poell, senior at J.D. Darnall High School, Geneseo, the 1978 AMS Business Show Queen at the chapter's Education Night. She will reign over the AMS Business Show to be held March 28, 29 and 30.

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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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