Day in history for March 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A company calling itself the South Bend Invincibles crossed the river at this point bound for Sacramento City. The company consisted of 45 men, eight women, two children and 80 horses.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. George R. Palmer preached at the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church this morning. There was no evening service on account of a temperance meeting in Dart's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Company A gave a masked ball at Armory Hall last evening. About a hundred couples attended. Bleuer's orchestra furnished music. William McGuinn and Miss Sadie Montgomery won first prize for the graceful waltzing. Clyde Pegg and Miss Theola Brown won the costume prize, and the award for the best cake-walkers went to Mr. Tiedemann and Miss Bloomquist.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Newell Dailey of Hillsdale was named editor-in-chief of the 1928-29 Augustana Observer, student weekly.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A new power-packed air raid warning siren will be tested tomorrow at Rock Island Arsenal. Officials believe it will be heard over a several mile radius. The 7.5 horsepower, vertical, nondirectional siren will be tested at noon.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Today's temperature, inching into the 80s, has been hailed as a record breaker for this date by the U.S. Weather Service. The warmest temperature on record for this date was set at 77 in 1971.

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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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