Day in history for March 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. L.M. Webber has received new and beautiful styles of goods for ladies dresses, fresh from New York. An editor, with an empty purse, is tempted to buy, they are so handsome.

1878 -- 125 years ago
By the action of Mayor Reynolds in casting the deciding vote, the Rock Island city council refused to confer equal privilege to the Diamond Jo Line of steamboats as enjoyed by the Northern Line.

1903 -- 100 years ago
William C. Maucker, Democratic candidate for mayor in Rock Island, announced he was opposed to harboring women in saloons.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Dr. F.A. Hainline was elected president of the Rock Island Civic Music Association.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Drinking from a catsup bottle resulted in arrest last night for an unidentified man in Rock Island. Officers, called to Walgreen Drug Co., 1800 2nd Ave., said they found the man in a booth tilting a bottle of catsup. They also reported finding part of a bottle of wine on his person. Police said he could not and would not give his name.

1978 -- 25 years ago
When engineers boring for a water tower site in Silvis hit an old coal mine shaft, they uncovered a major part of Rock Island County history. Test digging this week uncovered the shaft, at a depth of 50 feet, just south of the Semri Theater, 10th Street and 14th Avenue. According to an 1878 report, fuel was being dug from 26 mines in the county.

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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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