Day in history for April 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A report was received that lead has been discovered in Wisconsin near the headwaters of the Waupacca and Plover rivers.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Langler, agent of the Keokuk Northern Line, received his steamer tickets and passenger tariffs today. The fare to St. Paul, including stateroom, but without meals, is $6. The fare to St. Louis is $4.25. Deck passage to St. Paul is $4.50, and to St. Louis, $3.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a front page story telling how Speaker Miller's ruling on the Lindley bill aroused a storm of protest. He was driven from his chair, and Representative Allen was elected speaker pro tem. Lawrence V. Sherman addressed the house, holding that the speaker's abdication did not render the session unconstitutional and that 97 members made a constitutional majority.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A conference of railroad representatives to decide switching charges into and out of Rock Island river rail terminal was asked by Inland Waterways Corp.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Christine Ijams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ijams and a sophomore in Cambridge High School, was named one of three winners of the conservation scholarship contest sponsored by the 15th district Federated Woman's Clubs.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A shortage of parts forced International Harvester to suspend Farmall tractor assembly operations, leaving 1,250 employees out of work.

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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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