Day in history for March 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The ice is fast disappearing from the river. Boats could pass at this point now.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It being Sunday, the Rev. J.R. Findley of Central Presbyterian Church preached this morning on ``The Pearl of Great Price.'' His evening topic was ``How God Saves the Sinner.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
A.E. Ireland, general organizer for the American Federation of Labor, arrived yesterday. He will promote the strengthening of labor organizations in the tri-cities.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The new tri-city YMCA camp near Port Byron was named Camp Hauberg in honor of the donors, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Hauberg of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline's new $100,000 fire station, No. 5, at 23rd Avenue and 35th Street, went into official use early this morning. Announcement of the opening of the Highland house was made by Fire Chief John H. Polchow. Lt. Paul Swanson is the commanding officer of the first shift. The second shift will be headed by Capt. Richard Hasson.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Daily Dispatch announced the appointment of Len R. Small as editor and publisher and the election of Edgar A. Shipley as president of the newspaper. President Len H. Small will become chairman of the board in the reorganization. Len R. ``Rob'' Small came to the Dispatch in 1971 as associate editor, and has since served as executive editor and general manager.

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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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