Day in history for April 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Three Germans belonging in Davenport were rescued by the Steamer Asia near the Rock Island boatyard after their skiff capsized.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. C. Thompson, Chicago, was in town with a fine line of switches, nets and hair goods, including novelties never before seen here. She specializes in the Saratoga coiffure and familiarizes ladies with the latest styles of dressing hair.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A farewell dinner was given at the Rock Island Club last evening in honor of John M. Colligan, city editor of The Argus, who resigned recently and who leaves tomorrow for New York. Warren Reck was master of ceremonies and former mayor T.J. Medill presented Mr. Colligan with a gold watch and fob.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Moline and London, England, were connected by telephone for the first time today when Charles Deere Wiman and other Deere And Co. officials conversed with a London firm. The 11-minute call cost $178.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The WOC-TV transmitter building on Middle Road, north of Bettendorf, is now complete, having been enlarged to house the new transmitter necessary for the station's change-over to Channel 6, according to Ernest C. Sanders, station manager.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Arthur Holmes, president of the Greater Moline Development Corp., was named the first recipient of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association's ``Retailer of the Year'' award.

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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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