Day in history for May 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We have just heard that Mr. Reynolds, a railroad contractor, has opened a lead mine on land belonging to Lemuel Andrews, Esq., just above Rock Island, and that a boy dug out 1,000 pounds of mineral the same day. A specimen may be seen at this office. Good judges say it will yield 90 percent.

1878 -- 125 years ago
H.A. Bullock of Galesburg was registered as a Rock Island House guest.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A. Devin Duvivier, composer and instructor, discussed ``Art in Education'' at Augustana College last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William H. Voss was elected chairman of the Rock Island city Republican central committee.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Young male faces in Davenport were tinted a lovely shade of red as teenagers pondered the results of last Saturday's National Rifle Association sectional tourney won by a 16-year-old Davenport high school girl. Donna Strasser fired a 186 out of a possible 200 on the high school rifle range to win first place in the match.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Six Quad-City housewives and mothers have added a new dimension to their lives. They've formed a singing group called The Added Dimension and have been giving programs for church, school and civic groups. Sextet members are Carole (Mrs. Jack) Ferry, Sheryl (Mrs. Ron) Barnes, Jane (Mrs. William) Parker, Doris (Mrs. Gerald) O'Keeffe, Jeanie (Mrs. George) Wendt and Phyllis (Mrs. William) Owens.

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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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