Day in history for March 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council adopted an ordinance creating the office of city surveyor.

1878 -- 125 years ago
E.P. Reynolds, the Citizens candidate for mayor, issued a denial of the statement made by those who were opposed to his political ambitions that if elected he would be absent from Rock Island a great deal.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that F.R. Hopkins, for a number of years agent in Burlington for the Diamond Jo Line, will this summer represent the Acme and Carnival City Packet companies in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Announcement was made today by Olof Z. Cervin of the formation of partnership between himself and William Stuhr for the practice of architecture.

1953 -- 50 years ago
One of Davenport's most imposing residences, for many years one of the showplaces of the city, has been sold. It is the home of Frank Kohrs, prominent retired Davenport businessman. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Eggers are the purchasers. The price was approximately $45,000. It is located on what is known as ``Marquette Heights.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
Nancy Wruck of LeClaire became the first woman ever to bowl a 700 three-game series in league competition in the Illinois Quad-Cities. Bowling in the Trio Classic League Wednesday night at Town And Country Lanes in Rock Island, Wruck rolled consecutive games of 237, 257 and 210 for a 704 count.

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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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