Day in history for March 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council ordered the city measurer to request from the city measurer of St. Louis a certified copy of the rules of measuring lumber, timber and shingles, as used in that city.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It was announced that the Josie of the Diamond Jo Line with 13 carloads of freight for St. Louis, to be transferred at this point, will arrive in Rock Island tomorrow.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Sallie of Our Alley,'' with Trixie Frogenza as the star, was the attraction last night at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The women's debate team of Augustana College won the championship of the Illinois intercollegiate co-ed debate league.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An aerial map of Rock Island at a cost of $1,200 was approved by the city council. The successful bidder is Woltz Studios, Des Moines. Aldermen were told aerial photos now are recognized as the modern system for city planning, zoning and engineering layouts. The cost will be met from the city's postwar planning fund.

1978 -- 25 years ago
After more than 60 years in the sheep business, Lawrence Charlet of Lynn Center hit the jackpot. The birth of quintuplet lambs, under the watchful eye of their crossbred mother, is a one-in-a-million chance, experts say. Charlet says raising them all would be his ``crowning glory'' as a sheepman.

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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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