Day in history for March 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is reported Messrs. Sheffield and Farnham will soon give us a good daily line of coaches via Moline to Geneseo and Peru; to run in connection with the cars on the Rock Island Railroad. This arrangement will meet with favor from all persons interested in the success of the road.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A fire at the Rock Island House, which originated in the kitchen, was soon extinguished. Two joists under the flooring were burned.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The steamer J.S. was due to arrive today from Keokuk. The boat was to undergo extensive repairs in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Greater Augustana College Fund was increased by $75,000 by a gift from the Weyerhaeuser family.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Officials and employees of The Argus were pushed and jostled by massed pickets who ringed the newspaper building about noon today in the 3-month-old strike of Quad-City printers.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Three years ago, Dorothy McElroy decided she wanted to try ``something sort of special.'' So the 31-year-old Rock Island woman, who had been doing set-up work for Deere And Co. for two years, bid for a place in the tool-and-die apprenticeship program at Black Hawk College. Now McElroy, Martha Wegener, Davenport, and Susan Clark, Galesburg, all Deere And Co. workers, are well on their way to becoming the program's first female graduates.

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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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