Day in history for March 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Among the emigrants to Salt river this spring we saw a large boat, on wheels and drawn by horses, pass through our streets last Monday on way over the plains. It had the name of ``Gen. Scott'' on its stern.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Milan was scheduled to hold an election tomorrow, Thomas Kerr was the nominee for president on both the Peoples' and National tickets.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Congressman and Mrs. George W. Prince of Galesburg were guests of Postmaster and Mrs. T.H. Thomas.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County taxes for 1927, including estimated railroad assessment, totaled nearly $3,000,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline Detective Sgt. Charlie E. Larson had to break down a bathroom door to rescue a 3-year-old girl who had accidentally locked herself in late this morning. The little girl, screaming hysterically, was unharmed.

1978 -- 25 years ago
It had been a tough semester, and the five Oral Roberts University students finally were beginning to unwind, as they winged their way toward the Quad-City Airport. The pilot, Dennis Granlund of Whitehall, Wis., began circling as he approached the airport, and that's when the landing gear jammed. The young pilot and crew kept their cool and prayed a lot. Finally the crew was instructed to climb to 3,500 feet, where warmer temperatures melted the frozen slush that had jammed the landing gear.

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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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